Alexander Ramadan

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How Fast Have People Climbed The Nose in Yosemite?
2015-11-16

How Fast Have Teams of 2 Climbed The Nose in Yosemite? Fast.

I've been reading Alex Honnold's new book, Alone on the Wall, which discusses his speed ascent of 2,900 foot Nose, as well as a history of previous ascents. The first "speed ascent" of The Nose was in 1975 by Jim Bridwell, John Long and Billy Westbay, with a time of 17 hours, 45 minutes. The most recent speed ascent, done by Alex Honnold & HansFlorien was 2 hours, 23 minutes and 46 seconds in 2012.

Almost 15 hours faster. Insane.

Here's a look at the progress of the Nose speed ascents over the last years. You'll notice that once you hit 2002, the climbers were beating each other by minutes and, in some cases, seconds.

Year Team Time
2012 Hans Florine & Alex Honnold 2:23:46
2010 Dean Potter & Sean Leary 2:36:45
2008 Hans Florine & Yuji Hirayama 2:37:05
2008 Hans Florine & Yuji Hirayama 2:43:33
2008 Alexander & Thomas Huber 2:45:45
2007 Alexander & Thomas Huber 2:48:30
2007 Hans Florine & Yuji Hirayama 2:48:55
2007 Dean Potter & Timmy O'Neil 3:24:20
2002 Hans Florine & Jim Herson 3:57:27
2001 Dean Potter & Timmy O'Neil 3:59:35
2001 Hans Florine & Peter Croft 4:22:00
2001 Peter Croft & Dave Schultz 4:48:00
1992 Hans Florine & Andres Puhvel 6:01:00
1990 Peter Croft & Dave Schultz 6:40:00
1990 Hans Florine & Steve Schneider 8:06:00
1986 John Bachar & Peter Croft 10:05:00
1984 Duncan Critchley & Romain Vogler 9:30:00
1975 Jim Bridwell, John Long, Billy Westbay 17:45:00

It wasn't until the early 2000's that climbers started to account for seconds when doing speed ascents.