San Francisco - Two climbers have set a new speed record for
ascending the Nose route of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, one of the
world's most technical and dangerous verticals.
The San Francisco Chronicle
reports that Brad Gobright, 29, and climbing partner Jim Reynolds raced up the
nearly 90-degree, 2,900-foot (884-meter) precipice in 2 hours and 19 minutes.
The pair broke the previous
record set in 2012 by four minutes.
The previous record was set by
Hans Florine and Alex Honnold in 2 hours and 23 minutes in June 2012.
Yosemite Climbing Association
president Ken Yager says climbing the Nose is a "very dangerous
pursuit" and that he worries about climbers, especially when going fast.
More than two dozen people have
been killed on El Capitan since 1905.