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New Nose Speed Record by Gobright & Reynolds Newsflash

US climbers Brad Gobright and Jim Reynolds have shaved four minutes off the previous record for climbing The Nose on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, completing the 880m Valley classic in two hours, nineteen minutes and forty-four seconds (2:19:44).

El Capitan  © ClaireCC
El Capitan
© ClaireCC, May 2017

Hans Florine and Alex Honnold set the previous record in 2012, with a time of 2:23:24.

The first recorded speed ascent of The Nose was made in 1975 by Jim Bridwell, John Long and Billy Westbay, with a time of 17 hours and 45 minutes. The challenge has since attracted numerous attempts to beat the record by some of the biggest names in big wall climbing.

Brad and Jim had refined their tactics during a few attempts at beating the old record in recent weeks. Brad posted a few images on his Instagram account documenting their recent endeavours:

The Nose speed record table.  © Wikipedia
The Nose speed record table.
© Wikipedia


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22 Oct, 2017
Can't help but think that Hans florines times, spread over 2 decades, are pretty damn impressive!
22 Oct, 2017
Impressive. Their average speed was 20.77 feet per minute. Doing Cenotaph Corner at that speed gets you up it in 5 minutes. Do that 26 times in a row with no breaks (The Nose is about equal in height to 26 Corners one on top of the other)
22 Oct, 2017
Strangely I have always thought of El Cap as a lot bigger than that! It's almost made it seem more manageable!
22 Oct, 2017
Really pleased to hear that. They came flying past us onto the Great Roof pitch last month on a practice run... amazingly impressive and we so lucky to get a grandstand view of the tactics involved.
22 Oct, 2017
Anyone would think they didn’t enjoy climbing.
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