Awesome Video of Speed Record on the Nose

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Earlier this year climbers Hans Florine and Yuji Hiriyama set a new speed record on The Nose, perhaps the most well known and iconic climbing route on El Capitan in Yosemite. The twosome scaled the face in just 2 hours, 37 minutes, 5 seconds, besting their old record by more than six minutes in the process.

Now, you can check out these two rock stars doing their thing, thanks to some great video over at Climbing.com. The videos are part of their new Master’s of Stone series, and there are currently three videos in place showing the climb at various stages.

It’s very impressive to watch Hans and Yuji go to work. They aren’t flying up the wall by any means, but instead are going at a steady pace, focused on their work, and continuing to move nearly at all times. The results speak for themselves, as they can manage to take down one of the world’s top big walls in a little more than two and a half hours. When the 2900 foot Nose was first climbed back in 1958, it required a team to spend 47 days on the rock to reach the top.

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4 thoughts on “Awesome Video of Speed Record on the Nose”

  1. wow, maybe it’s because i’m a novice and never trad climbed before, but none of that looked safe, even by rock climbing standards.

    those two look like they know what they’re doing, and they made it back in one piece (two pieces?) but dang, i can’t imagine that few anchors along the way.

    and what’s with grabbing onto bolts with ‘biners? is that a speed climbing thing?

  2. It’s a “tons of experience” thing. These guys know all the tricks to save time and move at a steady rate. That’s how they can climb something like The Nose in record times.

  3. I would like to read more soon. BTW, pretty nice design that site has, but don’t you think design should be changed once in a few months?

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