|Time flies when youre having fun! Yuji Hirayama, fresh from his lightening ascent of Salathe, has set a new speed record of the Nose together with local expert Hans Florine. The two raced to the top in a staggering 2 hours, 48 minutes, and 55 seconds, slashing time off Dean Potter and Timmy ONeills 3:24:20 record established in 2001. |
Starting at 7.15 am on 29 September the two simul-climbed for most of the route, at times free, at times using aid, and restocking gear only 5 times during the ascent. As Yuji led the pitches Hans followed, ensuring that the two moved as swiftly as possible to top out at 10:03am.
Hans is well known for his fast Valley climbs and this is his 46th ascent of the Nose. Experience counts for a lot during these ascents and, as he puts it, more confidence, building on each others accomplishments, better gear, less gear and less weight are the reason why times continue to get faster. Well have to wait and see if this new record can be broken, in the meantime though let's reflect on Hans final comment: BOY IT WAS FUN! And rewarding!. Congratulations.
Hans Florine Speedclimb
Hirayama sets new Salathé record