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Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell Set Sub 2 Hour Nose Speed Record

El capitan speed record

On June 6, 2018 – Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell broke the sub-2-hour mark on the Nose (VI 5.8 A2) of El Capitan, a stated goal they’d been pursuing this season as they claimed the previous two speed records on the route—one on May 30, the other on June 4. The duo began the route at approximately 6 a.m. and topped out shortly before 8 a.m. “1:58:07,” said Honnold from the top of the 3,000-foot route.

This is the second time the massive formation has been climbed in sub 2 hours. In October 2003, Alex and Thomas Huber, former Nose record holders, climbed the approximately 1,900-foot, 19-pitch Zodiac (VI 5.7 A3) in 1:51.

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  1. What an effort! I’m sure when 5h was broken, people thought that no one would break into the next hour. I wonder how long this record will stand.

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