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Thomas and Alex Huber's El Cap Speed Record Ascent

Thomas and Alex Huber's El Cap Speed Record Ascent

On Sunday June 15, 2003 during my solo ascent of Lost In America, I was sitting at the base of the sixth pitch. I was enjoying an extra pot of coffee after having sent the scary "obligatory 5.10" bit the day before.

Suddenly Alex and Thomas came flying up Zodiac! I've never seen people climb a wall so fast - those boys climbed two pitches in the time it took me to drink one cup! Here you see Thomas short-fixing at the top of the Black Tower while his brother Alex [not shown] hurriedly cleans the pitch.

The ascent you see here has become the El Cap Speed Record at 2:31:30, but Yuji and Hans came close in September on The Nose at 2:48:30. The Nose is perhaps twice as long as Zodiac!

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Rock Climbing Photo Location Photo Location: North_America: United_States: California: Yosemite_National_Park: Yosemite_Valley: El_Capitan: Southeast_Face__El_Capitan

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