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New Nose Speed Record by Honnold & Caldwell

Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell have knocked almost ten minutes off the previous speed record for climbing The Nose on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. The pair completed the route and stopped the clock after just 2 hours, 10 minutes and 15 seconds (2:10:15), breaking Brad Gobright and Jim Reynolds' record of 2:19:44 from October 2017.

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Reporting in an Instagram post, multi-time Nose speed record holder Hans Florine shared a photo of the pair preparing for their attempt and later commented below the photo "They got it!" Florine was watching the ascent from the valley floor, while resting his injuries sustained during a recent aid climbing fall on The Nose.

Florine has appeared in the record books multiple times with various partners since 1990, including Honnold. In June 2012, he set a record of 2:23:46 alongside Honnold.

View previous records below:

The Nose speed record table., 155 kb
The Nose speed record table.
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Watch a video of Reynolds' and Gobright's 2017 record:



Forums 25 comments

At first I thought you were referring to climbers slipstreaming up the Nose ! Presume there has to be both a physical and psychological benefit in using a pacer in running. Even at 13 mph on a bike you still get a...
WR have to be set in line with rules set by the governing body, the footwear and pacing strategy were outside of those rules. However, nobody would seriously doubt that  Kipchoge is the best marathon runner that ever...
So did someone go below 2hrs in that one (or was that just the name of it)? It's kind of weird how something can be the fastest but not be the world record. Paradoxically, despite it's generally non-competitive...
Given that these guys are still shaving time off the previous record in 10 minute increments, you can only wonder when we'll see the first sub 2 hour ascent of the nose.  This might be assuming too much, but I doubt...

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