YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (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.READ MORE: Support Builds for KPIX Reporter Targeted in YouTuber's Racist Remarks
The pair broke the previous record set in 2012 by four minutes.
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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.
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