Pete Whittaker frees tough Trad line with Eigerdosis (8c).

Pete Whittaker and the Norwegian Jossingfjord are two components with potential for adventurous ascents. In 2019 he managed to repeat Recovery Drink (8c +). The crack specialist recently secured the first free ascent of Eigerdosis (8c) in trad style.

The up to 120 meter high Profile Wall in the jossingfjord in southern Norway is known for its badass crack lines. Pete Whittaker has already paid several visits to the climbing area, for example to repeat one of the most difficult crack routes in the world with Recovery Drink (8c+). The Brit recently managed another coup: the first free ascent of the Eigerdose Aid line. Whittaker suggests a difficulty rating of 8c.

Eiger dose (8c): just the first step?

The Technoroute Eigerdosis was first climbed in 1996 by Hans Jørgen and MoeTrym Sælandso. The fact that Pete Whittaker managed to free climb the difficult line once again underlines his qualities as a crack climber.

Two phrases with which the Brit announces his free ascent also make you sit up and take notice: He climbed the Eigerdosis as a "second pitch" and thus created "a good starting point". It almost seems as if there is an even more difficult combination of routes in the pipeline.

Historical wall

One of the most famous routes of the Profile Wall is the Recovery Drink (2013c+) line, first climbed by Belgian Nico Favresse in 8. In addition, climbers such as Leo Houlding and Neil Gresham with Fire Fox (8a) or Christer Jansson and Erik Massih with Ronny Medelsvensson (8b) left further trad test pieces.

And then there's Mari Augusta Salvesen and Pete Whittaker, who have brought a number of Trad lines to Profilveggen. Whittaker alone has eight first free ascents or first ascents on the granite face.

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