“They got it! About 2:09!” wrote Hans Florine in the comments of an Instagram post. The “they” were Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell; the “it” was the new speed-record on the Nose on El Capitan, Yosemite. This morning, May 30, the two Yosemite masters blazed up the 3,000-foot granite monolith and tagged the tree at the top in a blisteringly fast time of 2 hours 10 minutes 15 seconds.
@fred_pompermayer got this awesome photo of me speed climbing the Nose with @tommycaldwell a few days ago – Fred and his partners were climbing Triple Direct and it was the second morning that we were passing them. This time he was prepared with his camera! Lots of parties take pics with their phones as we climb through – it’s rare to pass a real photographer with a real camera. He really did El Cap justice!
@tommycaldwell and I climbed the Nose in 2:10:15 today!! Felt great! And I’m proud to announce a new partnership with @livemomentous (link in profile) which I’ve been using for recovery after each lap up El Cap. We’ve climbed The Nose 8 times in the last few weeks so obviously the recovery program has been working pretty well. Check out the link. Photo: @brettlowell