The Nose in Yosemite Valley is one of the most famous rock formations and every year it attracts countless climbers from all over the world. Among them are always aspirants of a new speed record. Brad Gobright and Jim Reynolds set up a new one in the fall of 2017. Your ascent was recorded in the form of a very nice timelapse film.
In the year 1958, the first-time users of the then uncontainable Nose needed no end of 47 days. Most climbers today commit The Nose in three to four days. But some are racing right up the wall. At the latest since the filming of the Huberbuam Speed Tour in the year 2007, the wall and its on-road visit is known to a broad public.
Will the time be undercut again?
When Alex Honnold and Hans Florine climbed the wall in 2012 hours, 2 minutes and 23 seconds in 46, many agreed that the time would not be undercut. You were wrong. Brad Gobright and Jim Reynolds undercut the time by several minutes and defined a new standard: 2 hours, 19 minutes and 44 seconds. Impressive recordings were made of the inspection and have now been published.
1000 meter granite in 2 hours 19 minutes
The speed records at the nose
10/2014 - 5:02 Mayan Smith-Gobat & Libby Sauter
09/2013 - 5:39 Mayan Smith-Gobat & Libby Sauter
09/2012 - 7:26 am Mayan Smith-Gobat & Chantel Astorga
06/2012 - 10:19 am Jes Meiris & Quinn Brett
09/2011 - 10:40 am Libby Sauter & Chantel Astorga
2004 - 12:15 pm Heidi Wirtz & Vera Schulte-Pelkum
10/2017 - 2:19:44 Brad Gobright & Jim Reynolds
06/2012 - 2:23:46 Hans Florine & Alex Honnold
11/2010 - 2:36:45 Dean Potter & Sean Leary
10/2008 - 2:37:05 Hans Florine & Yuji Hirayama
07/2008 - 2:43:33. Hans Florine & Yuji Hirayama
10/2007 - 2:45:45 Thomas Huber & Alexander Huber
09/2002 - 2:48:55 Hans Florine & Yuji Hirayama
2001 - 3:24:20 Dean Potter & Timmy O'Neill
1992 - 4:22 Hans Florine & Peter Croft
1991 - 4:48 Peter Croft & Dave Schultz
1991 - 6:01 am Hans Florine & Andres Puhvel
1990 - 6:40 Peter Croft & Dave Schultz
1990 - 8:11 Hans Florine & Steve Schneider
1986 - 10:05 am John Bachar & Peter Croft
1975 - 17: 45 Jim Bridwell, John Long, Billy Westbay, First repeat in one day
1960 - 7 Days, Royal Robbins, Joe Fitschen, Chuck Pratt & Tom Frost, First iteration
1958 - 47 Days, Warren Harding, Wayne Merry and George Whitmore, First Walk
Pete Whittaker climbs El Capitan alone in less than 24 hours
A pretty freaky performance in terms of pace made the Briton Pete Whittaker. He committed The nose in November 2016 in 20 hours and 6 minutes without any backup partner - i.e. rope solo. What that means in reality can be found in the following film. Just so much in advance: Pete covered the distance of the 1000 meter high granite wall almost three times in less than a day.
Credits: Cover picture Screenshot video, List of committing planetmountain.com