Last week, a new speed record was set on the Nose of El Capitan in Yosemite. But this time it wasn’t Ueli Steck and Alex Honnold racing up; Valley locals Libby Sauter and Chantal Astorga broke the women’s speed record with a time of 10 hours, 40 minutes.
The previous record was set in 2004 by Heidi Wirtz and Vera Schulte-Pelkum at 12 hours, 15 minutes. Earlier this summer, Sauter, a YOSAR member, teamed up with Fernando Motta to finish the Nose/Half Dome link-up in less than 24 hours.
Date of ascent: September 16, 2011