6. The Wide Boyz Climb the World’s Hardest Offwidth

Most climbers won't touch wide cracks. This year, two British climbers traveled halfway around the world looking for them.

Dec 20, 2011
Outside Magazine

British climbers Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker showed up in the United States in September with a mission: climb as many hard offwidths (wide cracks) as they could. The pair, who called themselves the Wide Boyz, had spent two years training specifically for offwidth climbing—an awkward, exhausting discipline with relatively few fans—in a specially-built gym in Randall’s basement. Their hard work paid off on October 11, when they made the first ascent of Century Crack, a 100-foot-long, near-horizontal wide crack underneath Moab’s White Rim. “I'd never seen a roof crack that was anywhere close to it in size,” Randall said in an interview with Outside. “You can't resolve it in your mind.” They later proposed a grade of 5.14b for the climb—the hardest ever given to an offwidth.

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