More On Wide Boys’ Cobra Crack Send

Really enjoyed this piece on The RV Project about the process behind Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker both repeating Cobra Crack (5.14) in Squamish, BC:

Tom and Pete will be the first to tell you that they are not very strong. This is obviously “rubbish,” as they’ve now done the hardest offwidth and now one of the hardest finger cracks in the world.
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 I think what they mean is that they are not well-established. There will soon be a second film about them, but they don’t do comps, haven’t moved to Boulder or Innsbruck or Yosemite. When they listed the Cobra ascentionists on the Earlmaker, they remarked on how silly their names looked next to Honnold, Favresse, Trotter and the rest. “A couple of punters” was a phrase oft employed self-referentially.
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Weird.  I’m a punter as well, but unlike these guys I never actually send anything.  I’ll have to find out what their secret is.

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One Response to More On Wide Boys’ Cobra Crack Send

  1. Franz the Stampede October 8, 2013 at 6:06 am #

    I think it’s just a case of the conditioned reflex to understatement that many Britons have. It might be difficult for other nationalities to get it, especially for people from the US maybe? : )

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