Hans Florine and Alex Honnold, failed The Nose Speed attempt
American climbers Hans Florine and Alex Honnold missed breaking The Nose Speed record in Yosemite, USA by 45 seconds today.
Close, but not close enough. With the Nose surprisingly free of other climbing parties, Hans Florine teamed up Alex Honnold this afternoon to attempt to break the speed record but after racing up the iconic 900m the duo topped out 45 seconds slower than Dean Potter and Sean Leary who in November 2010 had stopped the clock at 2:36:45.
According to climbing.com this was the duo's third vertical race this autumn which resulted in times of 4:37, 3:16 and now 2:37. Plans are for another attempt soon but this may be foiled by a low pressure system working its way to the valley in the next couple of days.
The Nose - the need for speed
11/2010 - 2:36:45 Dean Potter and Sean Leary
10/2010 - 2:37:05 Yuji Hirayama and Hans Florine
10/2007 - 2:45:45 Thomas and Alexander Huber
09/2002 - 2:48:55 Hans Florine and Yuji Hirayama
2001 - 3:24:20 Dean Potter and Timmy O’Neill