Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell climbed the ‘The Nose’ route in El Capitan in 2 hours, 1 minute, and 50 seconds on Monday, breaking their previous record by nearly 10 minutes, as reported by Gear Junkie.
The duo has been spending their spring in Yosemite working to break El Capitan speed climbing records and initially did so by breaking the 2:19:44 record by Brad Gobright and Jim Reynolds set in October 2017. Since then, they have broken their own personal record and do not plan on stopping until they summit in under 2 hours.
At 31 pitches and 2,900 feet, The Nose sits at a 5.13+ rating and was considered impossible until Warren Harding, Wayne Merry and George Whitmore were the first to summit in a 47-day climb.
Climbing a rock of this magnitude is very dangerous and takes much practice. Even the best have to remain extremely cautious, as two elite climbers fell to their death on Saturday June 2, doing another climb near The Nose called the Free Blast route.
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