Wide Boy Pete Whittaker is back with another light-hearted video – this time from Sweden as he attempts one of his hardest pitches of rope soloing to date. The featured route is Presenten (The Gift), an impressive Swedish 8 (7c) graded offwidth found in the coastal province of Bohuslän. Presenten was originally given the Swedish grade of 6+ which roughly corresponds to French 6c/+ but, having watched Pete’s battle on the route, it’s clearly harder than its original grade. Local Swede, Petter Restorp, claimed the second ascent some years after the first, proposing the more realistic grade of 8.
Since Pete’s relocation to Scandinavia, we’ve seen a lot of action on the Wide Boyz Youtube channel with this evidently becoming his main focus. This has helped the channel go from strength to strength in recent months with their range of climbing content becoming ever more eclectic. A mixture of climbing adventure, studio-based analysis and training videos with the likes of Magnus Midtbo have defined the Wide Boyz channel as one of the best climbing outlets on Youtube.