Honnold and Caldwell Break Their Own Nose Record

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Last week, Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell completed an exceptional feat within the world of speed climbing: they shaved a full nine minutes off Brad Gobright’s and Jim Reynolds’ speed record on The Nose of El Capitan.

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“From the get-go, we’ve been talking about sub two,” Honnold tells Outside Online, “I think we can. We’re going to keep trying a bit.”

Yesterday, Honnold and Caldwell returned to El Cap, and came pretty dang close to doing just that. They shaved another nine minutes off their previous record, coming in at 2 hours, 1 minute, and 53 seconds.

Their accomplishment, however, comes in the wake of the deaths of climbers Jason Wells and Tim Klein, who fell from El Cap just a few days ago. The tragedy was no doubt sobering, and has left some re-evaluating the safety margins afforded while speed climbing.

For now, though, we’ll just have to wait and see if Honnold and Caldwell return for a third pass and if they can manage to dip below that two-hour mark.

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