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.
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.