Two climbers have set a new speed record for ascending the famous Nose route of El Capitan, one of the world's most technical and dangerous verticals. (Photo: Ben Margot / AP)
Two climbers have set a new speed record on El Capitan in California's Yosemite National Park, breaking a barrier that's been compared to the 4-minute mile.
Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell scaled the 915-metre sheer granite wall on Monday, 4 June, in 2 hours, 1 minute and 53 seconds - beating their previous record on Wednesday, 30 May, of 2 hours, 10 minutes and 15 seconds.
The mark came just days after another pair of climbers fell to their deaths on the massive wall.
The time on the technical route has consistently dropped since the peak was first climbed 60 years ago by Warren Harding and three others.
But that first climb took 12 days in a final push that followed 48 days of work over 18 months to drill hardware into the rock.
Honnold and Caldwell climbed with little assistance from equipment permanently bolted to the wall.