Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell Break 2-Hour Speed Climb Record at ‘The Nose’

Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell climbed the The Nose route on El Capitan in 1 hour and 58 minutes on Wednesday, as reported by Gear Junkie, breaking their previous record and reaching the goal that they set out to accomplish all spring: climbing the route in under 2 hours.

The duo arrived in Yosemite earlier this season with their sites set on breaking the speed climb record of 2:19:44 held by Brad Gobright and Jim Reynolds set in October 2017.

They broke this record with a time of 2:10:15, but decided to stay in Yosemite to ultimately complete the climb in under 2 hours.

A few days ago, they broke their own record by completing The Nose route in 2 hours, 1 minute, and 50 seconds. And on Wednesday, they fulfilled their goal of the sub-2-hour ascent.

Considering The Nose sits at 31 pitches, 2,900 feet, carries a 5.31+ rating, and was considered impossible to climb until the first summit took a group of three climbers 47 days to complete, climbing this route in under 2 hours is an incredible feat. It will be very interesting to see what is next for these two elite climbers.

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