Alex Honnold & Hans Florine Speedclimbing

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Foto: Tom Evans Alex Honnold & Hans Florine speedclimbing Nose-Record El Capitan Yosemite

Zuschauer im Yosemite vor dem El Capitan

Tom Evans, El Cap-Reporter: "Lots of spectators were in evidence to watch the 'Greatest spectacle in American sports' unfold."

Speed-Rekord in der "Nose"

Tom Evans, El Cap-Reporter: "It was soon evident that the men (Alex Honnold & Hans Florine) were hitting all the places at all the right times. No stuck ropes, no dropped gear, everything spot on. Hans climbing in his usual smooth and fluid style in the Stovelegs."

Alex Honnold in der "Nose"

Tom Evans, El Cap-Reporter: "Alex followed along a ways below Hans while managing the belay system they were to trust their lives to. Seems like some loops over the shoulder were key to the system!?"

Hans Florine am El Capitan

Tom Evans, El Cap-Reporter: "Hans was soon close to Dolt Tower and short fixed Alex."

Neuer Speed-Rekord an der "Nose"

Tom Evans, El Cap-Reporter: "In what seemed like no time at all, they were at the Boot and setting up for the King Swing."

King Swing in der "Nose"

Tom Evans, El Cap-Reporter: "Hans did the swing first and was closely followed by Alex. They both nailed it and the crowd sent up a hearty cheer."

Alex Honnold am El Capitan

Tom Evans, El Cap-Reporter: "Alex took the lead and crossed the Lynn Hill Traverse in cruise mode."

The Great Roof am El Capitan

Tom Evans, El Cap-Reporter: "They were soon on the Great Roof, passing a party who waited to see them pass by. Alex looked strong on the Roof and soon short fixed Hans and continued in the lead."

Alex Honnold in der "Nose"

Tom Evans, El Cap-Reporter: "Alex climbed Pancake Flake with ease, placing only one piece of gear before the 11C upper part. He walked up that part as Hans jugged past the roof."

Alex Honnold mit Seil

Tom Evans, El Cap-Reporter: "The crowd was getting into it now as it appeared that things were going perfectly for the climbers. Alex lead the awkward 10c entrance into Camp 5 with miles of slack below him. It was impressive to say the least."

Neuer Speedrekord an der "Nose"

Tom Evans, El Cap-Reporter: "Soon Alex was leading the last pitch as the crowd went wild. We all knew by then that, baring some major screw up, they had the record and it was just a matter of by how much. Hans followed on the last pitch as Alex belayed him from the tree at the top. Hans had worked all winter for this moment and he did not fall short of his goal. In about 5 minutes he did that pitch and was on top!"

Neuer Speedrekord an der "Nose"

Tom Evans, El Cap-Reporter: "They radioed down the time and came to the edge to wave at the crowd. The official time was 2 hours, 23 minutes, 46 seconds. 13 minutes better than the previous record! We were all really pleased and felt lucky to have been here to see the event unfold."
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