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Leary, Potter Break The Nose Speed Record

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Sean Leary and Dean Potter have broken the speed record on The Nose (VI 5.9 C1, 31 pitches) of El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, California. The duo topped out after 2 hours, 36 minutes and 45 seconds of climbing. The previous record, 2 hours, 37 minutes and 5 seconds, was set by Hans Florine and Yuji Hirayama on October 12, 2008.

The route up this famous prow is one of the most coveted speed records in the world and has seen a fierce and sustained competition among climbing elites for decades.