Speed Record Broken on El Cap's Nose
A year ago, our magazine gave you a nifty infographic history of the Nose, the 2,900-foot climbing route on Yosemite's famed El Capitan, and we left you with a cliffhanger: that 2008-record holder Hans Florine had vowed to break Dean Potter and Sean Leary's last speed record of 2:36:45.
Well, two days ago, the 48-year-old and big wall soloer Alex Honnold made good on that promise by shaving 13 minutes off that time, which is about 286 hours less than the Nose's first ascent in 1958.
The above video shows him being greeted by family and fans following his record-breaking Father's Day ascent.
Benita Hussain is a freelance writer and editorial intern at SIERRA. Her work has appeared in Conde Nast Traveler, GOOD and Women's Adventure, among others. She's also a part-time lawyer and yoga teacher who surfs and climbs and travels to do both. Twitter: @hussainity.
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