A new Nose speed climbing record has been set by Alex Honnold and Hans Florine today, Sunday, June 17, 2012. Honnold and Florine climbed Yosemite’s Nose in 2 hours, 23 minutes, and 51 seconds! This is almost 13 minutes faster than Dean Potter and Sean Leary’s record back in November 2010.
Honnold and Florine did a few warm-up laps on the route a few days prior to the speed attempt. Just a week before their first warm-up on the Nose, Honnold completed a free solo climb on El Capitan, Mt. Watkins and Half Dome (Yosemite’s Triple Crown) in less than 19 hours.
Florine’s kids asked him if he was going to return to break the speed climbing record after Potter and Leary broke it back in 2010. Now that he and Honnold hold the new record, it’ll be a great way for Hans Florine to bring in his birthday tomorrow as he turns 48. Florine has held the Nose speed climbing record eight times over the past 22 years.
Will Dean Potter and Sean Leary start training to continue this race for the Nose? Many are most likely wondering how long it’ll be before they decide to take another stab at the record. But for now, Hans Florine can enjoy his birthday and according to Alex Honnold, “the ice cream afterward might have been the best part.” Congratulations to this incredible speed climbing team!