For the third time in eight days, Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold have set the speed record on The Nose of El Cap.
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1 hour, 58 minutes, 7 seconds. The big-wall climbing stars have done it again, this time shattering the elusive two-hour mark.
On June 6, Caldwell and Honnold climbed the 2,900-foot Nose route of El Cap faster than anyone before, and perhaps faster than any to come.
For years, climbers have wondered if anyone could climb The Nose in less than two hours. It seemed impossible. Each record was closer to the one before it, and two hours is unfathomably fast.
Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell Set Records in Yosemite
Last Wednesday, Caldwell and Honnold shocked the climbing world with their blazing fast effort up The Nose in 2:10:15. It broke Gobright and Reynolds’ also unbelievably fast record of 2:19:44 set in Oct. 2017.
Honnold and Caldwell, however, were nonchalant about the two-hour, 10-minute record set last week.
“We feel like we could go faster,” Honnold told Climbing Magazine. And faster they went.
On June 4, the duo climbed The Nose in 2:1:50, just barely missing the two-hour mark.
Let’s hope this record stands for a bit, as speed climbing is often seen as a more dangerous form of the sport.
Congrats to Alex and Tommy, some of the fastest climbers in the world!