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.
Sub 2 hour Nose! When @alexhonnold and @tommycaldwell team up, they’re unstoppable. This morning on El Capitan these superheroes clocked a time of 1:58:07! In this outrageous @austin_siadak image, the techniques used to climb so fast are apparent — it’s not your average day at the crag. Stay tuned for the full story in an upcoming REEL ROCK film. @thenorthface @blackdiamond @yeti @gopro
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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