YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — Rock climbers Hans Florine and Alex Honnold on June 24 set the speed record on El Capitan’s Nose route in 2 hours, 23 minutes, 46 seconds.
The previous record, by Sean Leary and Dean Potter from November 2010, was 2 hours, 36 minutes, 45 seconds — which was just 20 seconds faster than the record set by Florine and Yuji Hirayama in October 2008.
Most parties spend three to five days on the route in Yosemite Valley.
Fresh off the record, Honnold was in Fresno for a question-and-answer session and signed posters at MetalMark Climbing & Fitness.
Honnold, recently featured by “60 Minutes” and The New York Times, is also known for his free solo on the sheer face of Half Dome. He climbed without a rope or any protective gear.
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