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US 2 climbers scale Yosemite's El Capitan in less than 2 hours, a record

10:26  07 june  2018
10:26  07 june  2018 Source:   latimes.com

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Two rock climbers set a new speed record ascending El Capitan in Yosemite National Park early Wednesday, achieving the feat in just under two hours . Honnold and Caldwell broke the record three times in the past week, carving more than 20 minutes off a mark set last year.

Two rock climbers set a new speed record ascending El Capitan in Yosemite National Park early Wednesday, achieving the feat in just under two hours . Documentary photographer Austian Siadak said Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell scaled the 3,000-foot sheer granite wall in one hour

a man standing in front of a mountain© Corey Rich/Reel Rock /Novus Select via AP Two rock climbers set a new speed record ascending El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, achieving the feat in just under two hours.

Documentary photographer Austian Siadak said Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell scaled the 3,000-foot sheer granite wall early Wednesday in one hour, 58 minutes and seven seconds.

On Monday, the climbers had shaved the time down to just over two hours — a barrier compared to track's 4-minute mile.

The time on the technical climbing route has consistently dropped since the peak was first climbed 60 years ago by Warren Harding and three others in 12 days following 18 months of drilling bolts and other hardware into the rock.

2 climbers dead after falling from Yosemite’s El Capitan

  2 climbers dead after falling from Yosemite’s El Capitan Two climbers died Saturday in a fall from Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan, officials said. The two people, whose identities have not been released, fell around 8:15 a.m. while climbing the Freeblast route on the renowned granite formation, park rangers said. Rangers and a search and rescue team responded after getting 911 calls about the fall. An investigation into the incident is ongoing. Ken Yager, president and founder of the Yosemite Climbing Association, said the Freeblast route is relatively safe. But sometimes when rappelling down, he said, climbers use fixed ropes nearby that are often in bad shape.“I’m horrified,” Yager said.

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Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell beat a record set last year by 20 minutes. Sandra Mitchell reports.

Honnold said he didn't think he and his partner were on a record-shattering time until he neared the finish line and looked at the timer on his phone.

Honnold and Caldwell broke the record three times in the past week, carving more than 20 minutes off a mark set last year.

Honnold said he's proud they kept at it to break the two-hour mark when they could have rested with records at about two hours, 10 minutes and just under two hours and two minutes.

The record came just days after another pair of El Capitan climbers fell to their deaths.

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