/ NEWS: New El Cap Speed Record for Honnold and Florine
Less than two and a half hours later they were stood on the top of the world's most iconic rock face.
Their new record is 2:23:46, breaking the previous record from Sean Leary and Dean Potter by around 13 minutes.
Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/news/item.php?id=67199
Seems a shame to make such an early start and still only manage to get one route in. Did they need to get back for work or something? Surely that's not the only route worth doing at the crag?
Astounding effort, brilliant guys.
Out of interest, does anyone know roughly how much aid they use in a typical speed ascent?
Ok - so as this thread has already started in a classic UKC negative style I'll add my tuppence worth.
I hate Nose speed records because when someone asks you how long it took you to climb The Nose and you say "3 and a half days"................some clever tw*t always replies with........
Basically anything goes, pulling on stuck gear, bolts etc. Still place minimal actual gear though.
Great pictures in that article. I love the one of the great roof.
What does 'short fixed' mean? some kind of belay??
> What does 'short fixed' mean? some kind of belay??
It's a technique used whilst simul-climbing, the leader pulls up a ton of rope and ties it off at a belay and climbs on, either using a self belay device (e.g. silent partner) or effectively solo's with a long tether whilst the second jugs the line to the fixed belay.
Nice one, thanks.
Interesting Honnold is going second in that picture. I thought the technique was for one climber to lead the whole way and that HF tended to take the seconding/rope management role. AH was certainly leading some of the way. Do they swop over then, I wonder? You'd think it would waste time.
As I understand John, HF led the first half and AH the second. Florine said afterwards that as AH had started after him and finished before him, AH had actually climbed the Nose in just over 2:15!
So is this Alex Honnold 'just chilling with mates at the crag' after his Triple mission?
...Or did I just totally imagine that. I am so sure I saw it but I can't find it anywhere... difficult thing to search for though.
Oh, and rock on UKC, I laughed reading this thread!
I can barely get my head around that, but it sounds crazy!
thanks for explaining
> Not very sporting is it? Just another reason to dislike dean potter
Haha, yeah, thats the one. Other than that its an epic video, makes me think I should have found out what it was all about and gone to check it out :D
Tbh, I laugh at speed ascents of the nose in the same way as I laugh at the queue of people on everest. Both are kind of a facet of the sport that would turn me off it if I couldn't see the funny side (arguably pretty macabre humor when it comes to everest).
Oh, except that one day I might actually climb the nose at a sedate velocity :)
In your face DP, guys you have to see the reel rock tour cover of this, the ecord has been going back and forth btw Dean Potter and Hans Florine.
whhhaaa! they are totally different things. One is people at the very highest level of climbing competing with each other but also battling the limits of the human body in a dangerous setting....and the other is climbing the nose :P
Yeah, I know, I didn't mean they were the same thing, just that they both go in the bag of things that are, well, not my bag... They are part of the same sport (broadly speaking).
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