Honnold, Caldwell Free-Climb Triple Crown

Seven thousand feet in 21 hours

May 22, 2012
Outside Magazine

Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell became the first people to free climb Yosemite's El Capitan, Half Dome, and Mt. Watkins in a single day, a challenge known to rock climbers as the Triple Crown. The pair set out up Mt. Watkin's South Face route at 4:45 p.m. on Friday and climbed through the night, summitting Half Dome's Regular Northwest Face at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The linkup, first climbed by Dean Potter and Timmy O'Neill in 2001, includes nearly 7,000 vertical feet of climbing and several hours of hiking.

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