Professional climbers Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell broke the speed record for “The Nose” route up El Capitan on Wednesday. Completing the iconic climb in 2 hours, 10 minutes and 15 seconds, the duo broke the previous record by nearly 10 minutes.
The duo have been working on speed climbing the route in Yosemite National Park diligently this spring. And now it’s clear that they were aiming for the 2:19:44 record by Brad Gobright and Jim Reynolds set in Oct. 2017 all along.
“The Nose” is a 2,900-foot route with 31 pitches, coming with a 5.13+ rating. It has long been considered one of the original technical climbing routes up El Cap, and until it was first summited in 1958 it was considered impossible.
And to put into context just how fast Honnold and Caldwell climbed “The Nose” on Wednesday, the first ascent in 1958 by Warren Harding, Wayne Merry and George Whitmore took 47 days. That certainly points out how far climbing has come in such a short amount of time.
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