Climbers set speed record on Yosemite’s Nose of El Capitan

This Jan. 14, 2015 file photo shows El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, Calif.
This Jan. 14, 2015 file photo shows El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, Calif. –The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — 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.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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