Battle Royale: The Wide Boyz’ Epic Quest to Send One of the World’s Toughest Cracks


Climbing The Recovery Drink, a 5.14c crack on the isolated Profile Wall in Jøssingfjord, Norway, requires determination and creativity. To date, the 115-foot route has only had two ascents: the FA by the Belgian climber Nico Favresse in May 2013, and a repeat by the German climber Daniel Jung in August 2018. The dome-shaped Profile Wall looms over a boulder-strewn gully a half-mile above the North Sea’s foreboding waters. Fissuring up the undercut rock is a set of parallel cracks, scarred into the stone in a nearly plumb line. These veins disappear in and out of the smooth face, attracting the eye and commanding fearful respect.

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IMAGE: The Wide Boyz—Pete Whittaker (climbing) and Tom Randall (belaying)—work The Recovery Drink (5.14c), Profile Wall, Jøssingfjord, Norway. Tristan Hobson

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