wide boyz

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The world of offwidth crack climbing is a strange sub-culture rumoured to be dominated by knuckle-dragging, bar-brawling dirt-bags! The climbing is tough,
painful and bloody. Two climbers from England, Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall, set out to explore this world and climb the world’s hardest offwidths. They complete a brutal two-year training regime, mostly spent hanging upside down in a suburban Sheffield basement, before embarking on a tour of the USA. The tour culminates in the first ascent of the ultimate offwidth test piece, Century Crack, the world’s hardest offwidth.

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People’s Choice Award- Kendal Mountain Film Festival 2012

Best Climbing Film Award – Kendal Mountain Film Festival 2012

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50mins (Only available on the DVD)



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  1. :

    Just watched Wideboyz last night, it is the best climbing film I’ve seen in a while, superb.

    It’s all about off width cracks in the rock (as you might imagine from the title), something most people dislike in climbing, including me.

    The guys in the film are down to earth and seem to have a laugh putting themselves through pain to climb these mental cracks. A bit of opinionated Stevie Haston in there too which is always entertaining.

    The training is inspiring too. Shows what you can do if you put your mind to it. Not sure if I could ever get my mind into off width cracks?? But definitely worth watching.

  2. :

    I have just watched Wide Boyz and am totally blown away. The effort these guys put in to their training is extraordinary. The film culminates in the first ascent of Century Crack; a 120 foot, horizontal, offwidth roof crack! The footage is fantastic with lots of great angles that showing the effort that is being put into these crazy and painful looking moves!

    I love this film; it’s well shot, has a proper story, has likeable characters that come across well on camera (adding a human element that is sadly lacking in many boldering films) and shows a piece of climbing history in the making. It will mostly appeal to climbers but I reckon anyone who watched it would be inspired and impressed.

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    From the get-go, when I heard about this project, I knew this was a film I’d have no interest in. Not interested in the location, not interested in off-widths. Not interested in a couple of ego driven lads, who’d found a contrived way to get some media exposure, by climbing stuff that other people shunned.

    But let’s step back a bit. I started climbing a long time ago – so long ago, that lycra tights were de-rigueur, and routes were given names like Poetry Pink, Braille Trail and Rose et la Vampire. Climbing was ballet on rock, and though I’d grown up on the exploits of the hard men of the Rock and Ice, and read the instruction books and theoretically knew the techniques for stacking body parts as required, there was never going to be any appeal for me in the world of hideous off-widths. They’re not ballet, they’re bare-knuckle fights behind a back street pub – they’d wreck your tights as well as your hands.

    No, there’d definitely be nowt of interest for me in Wide Boyz…

    But then again, I’ve followed Hot Aches from their first film, and really enjoyed them all – some have been brilliant – and finding myself stuck in the house with some spare time, and sod all on the TV worth watching, I relented.

    I’m glad I did. Tom and Pete come across as a couple of guys you’d be pleased to have as mates. Their dedication to achieving there goals is unquestionable, and they’re articulate and witty. Climbing talent – they’ve got loads. There are some other great characters in there too.

    I’ll not spoil the film for you by going in to lots of detail – but Century Crack is a heck of an achievement. Is it in a great setting? Not really, not close up anyway. Is it pretty? Well, kind of, in the same sort of way that an old custom Ford 100 can be pretty. Is it awe inspiring? You bet. Maybe not like the soaring granite of Yosemite, but you definitely look at it with awe.

    As you’d expect with a Hot Aches film, it’s executed superbly. There’s a well balanced mix of climbing and insight into the psyche of those climbing – and of others associated with this peculiar niche of our sport.

    No, it’s not ballet, it is a bare-knuckle fight, but it’s one that is compelling and worth watching. Like Brad Pitt in Snatch.

  4. :

    In 2011 I was one of the thousands of rock climbers around the world who kept up with the wideboyz blog. This young team of Brits had travelled to the US and were basically destroying all the hardest off-width in what can only be described as fantastic style. This film in essence is their right of passage to become the best off-width climbers the world has arguably ever seen, although this is a title that neither of them would give themselves.

    Tom Randal’s and Pete Whittaker’s determination, dedication and 2 year training regime are captured amazingly well in this film and was one of the highlights showing the real story behind the story. If you are old enough to remember Johnny Dawes’ Best Forgotten Art about crack climbing then this takes the climbing of the world’s widest cracks to a whole new level.

    Armed with measurements for the worlds hardest unclimbed off-width, Century Crack a 120ft offwidth. Given to them by Stevie Haston who was first to attempt the line some ten years ago or more. We see these two climbers become obsessed with a basement training regime with that 7 inch crack in mind. With no routes to practice on, necessity proved the mother of invention, when they created their own torture chamber. Whilst the climbing is of course spectacular, it is the dedication to the cause that this film captures. For two years Tom and Pete locked themselves in a cellar and carried out the sort of training that not even the CIA would use to rendition the latest terrorist.

    Whilst, if you followed their blog you knew what the outcome was going to be, the journey is captured more thoroughly and far more intimately in this film. For me it was the insight into their focus that made it stand out for me. Only in the Olympics do you see athletes spend so long focusing on one thing, that to me felt like I was watching two great friends who would flip a roll of hand tape for first try of a route, win their own gold medals for off-widthing.

    Over in the US they are given a guided tour of the best and hardest off-width the country has to offer. Climbing many on-sight or second go, including a stunning onsight of Belly Full of Bad Berries. Which appears to have left their US hosts shocked. After all surely two climbers from a country devoid of really hard off-widths couldn’t turn up and do the impossible.

    The list of the hard routes they did in the US is a long one, however their main goal was Century Crack. A route that was still unclimbed and thought to be harder than any other off-width in the US. We see them climb the route after only one day practicing it, returning the next day to redpoint it first go with all the gear still in place. The two years of training comes to a head and the emotions of succeeding on a route that you have dreamt of climbing for so long is captured in the film as both climbers well up.

    That would of course be that, but here the commentary by Stevie Haston and other leading figures in the dark under world of off-width climbing, focus on the pre-placed gear. The internet at the time lit up with debate over whether it was indeed an ascent or not if the gear was in place. We see Pete and Tom faced with those inner demons trying to decide whether or not to return to the crack and silence those critics as they come under enormous international peer pressure to show it could be done, ground up placing the gear.

    You’ll have to watch the film to find out what happens but all in all it is a great film about a very perverse niche of rock climbing. At the same time we come to know both Pet

  5. :

    Almost half a century after the first British ‘rock’ invasion of the US along comes a new version of rock – off width. Two guys, two years training and two attempts at Century off width and you have the Brits taking the American scene by storm. Not a climber? Not into off width? Not aware of this incredible journey? Don’t worry – just let them inspire, entertain and drive you to ‘set your goals on the impossible’. HAP has done it again. The story, the shots, the subject, the stars. It’s all there. Put it in your stocking, on your must have list. Thanks for the show! Kate

  6. :

    I really, really enjoyed this film and would recommend it to climbers and non-climbers alike. I think the reason it appealed so much was, that unlike a lot of climbing films it follows a story. Two guys on a mission, going from training on homemade plywood cracks in a basement in Sheffield to the hardest offwidth in the world in the american desert. It’s the climbing equivalent of the Alan Sugar ‘I started out selling windscreen wipers and look at me now’ sort of inspirational ancedote. An assurance that persistence and creativity wins out over even terribly inconvenient goals.
    Offwidths are a very unusual speciality and I think they make good subjects for filming. Many films following good climbers see them climb many impressively difficult routes, more often than not they make it look so easy and graceful that you begin to doubt whether it was difficult at all (until you go seek the route out and stand underneath it). This is not a problem with offwidths – Tom and Pete despite their considerable skill are still visibly, physically trying hard. There are also some seldom seen moves pulled out the bag such as many foot-in-crack-above-head moves. I must try that sometime.
    This is a great motivating film for anyone that likes training, as it features a section devoted to Tom Randall’s inventive training basement and the number of exercises you can create using a selection of plywood cracks. Finally, unlike a lot of films it is about a successful climbing partnership and their eventual success seems like a proper team effort and I think this is something every climber can relate to.

  7. (verified owner):

    saw part of this on REEL ROCK , great film great story of these guys, but ordered DVD and can’t play it! wrong format for USA. doesn’t play on x box or P station either.

    • :

      Hi Maureen, I’m sorry that you were send the DVD in the wrong format. We will send you an NTSC (American version) to replace it. I hope you enjoy the full film once you get it. Best wishes from Scotland, Paul

  8. :

    There use to be a comment here about the digital download not containing the extras. It appears to be gone. I wonder if this is because the digital download now has the extras, or it was conveniently removed?

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  10. :

    This film blew my mind. One of the best climbing films I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been to all of the Reel Rock film festivals. The short version in Reel Rock absolutely did not do this story justice. What these two down to earth, “average” guys were able to accomplish through training and hard work is simply astonishing! It is an incredibly inspiring film, one that makes you want to work hard to achieve your own goals.

    You’ll learn a tremendous amount just by watching the film. Give it a go, you won’t be disappointed.

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