In Yosemite Valley, No route is more iconic than The Nose. The first route to scale El Capitan, The Nose was first climbed in 1958 and took 47 days to complete. Nearly two decades after the first ascent was made, The Nose was climbed in just 24 hours. At 2,900 ft. in height, The Nose still takes most parties several days to reach it’s pinnacle.
Over the last decade, a handful of elite climber’s have been racing the clock, practically running up the steep faces of Yosemite Valley’s El Capitan. When the conditions are perfect, these elite few set off at a furious pace, employing speed climbing tactics in order to reach the top as quickly as possible. The most coveted speed climbing accomplishment in the valley is an ascent of The Nose, and these climber’s are reaching the top in mere hours.
As of yesterday, big wall speed climbers Alex Honnold and Hans Florine shattered the previous Nose In a Day (NIAD) record of 2:36:45, shaving almost 13 minutes off of the previous time, in a mind-blowing 2:23:46. Who knows how much more quickly the NIAD can be climbed, but rest assured that a determined few will continue to try to push their limits in the ultimate test of rock climbing endurance. Click through to see a detailed photographic report of the climbing teams amazing accomplishment.