The two Americans Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell set a new speed record at the nose. They commit the approximately 1000 meter high granite wall in the Yosemite Valley in just 2 hours, 10 minutes and 15 seconds.
Only a month ago we published one Timelapse video about the speed record of autumn 2017 by Brad Gobright and Jim reynolds, In the news article, we wondered when Brad and Jim's time will be undercut.
One record is hunting the other
The question today Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell answered. The two beat Brad and Jim's time by nine minutes and set a new speed record with 2 hours, 10 minutes and 15 seconds. Alex Honnold has been holder of the speed record title in the past. In the year 2012 he committed the wall in 2 hours, 23 minutes and 46 seconds together with Hans Florine. At that time, many believed that the record would no longer be undercut. That was the case for five years, too Brad Gobright and Jim reynolds the bar moved further. By yesterday's record Alex and Tommy The question is: when does a duo climb the wall in less than two hours?
Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold on a previous speed record at the nose
El Capitan climbed alone
The Englishman Pete Whittaker set a record of the other variety in 2016 in November. He climbed the nose single-handedly in less than 24 hours. Due to the climbing technique, which was necessary when going it alone, Pete climbed the wall almost three times within a day.
Credits: Cover picture Sam Crossley