NEWSFLASH: Honnold and Caldwell climb The Nose in sub 2 Hours

Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell have set their third speed record on The Nose of El Capitan in the space of a week, breaking the 2 hour barrier that they had set their sights on, with a time of 1 hour, 58 minutes and 7 seconds (1:58:07). On 4th June, they stopped the clock after 2:01:53, just five days after they set a time of 2:10:15. That's over 2,600m (3 x ~880m) of Yosemite granite climbed at speed in the space of a week...

Hans Florine - the man who has notched up more El Cap ascents than anyone else - and a gathering of big wall enthusiasts have been spectating these speed attempts from the meadows. Accoding to, this was approximately the tenth ascent of the route by the pair in recent weeks as they fine-tuned their techniques and tactics. This new record is not far off Alex and Thomas Huber's 2003 speed record of 1 hour 51 minutes )1:51) on the 19 pitch Zodiac (~550m).

The Nose speed record table.

Despite the excitement surrounding their efforts, the past few days in the Valley have proved bittersweet, following the news that two experienced big wall climbers, Tim Klein (42) and Jason Wells (45) fell to their deaths while climbing the Freeblast on Saturday.

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