Climbers Break Women’s Nose Record

Sent 32 pitches in 10 hours

Adam Roy

Colorado climbers Jes Meiris and Quinn Brett set a new women’s speed record on the Nose route of El Capitan on Monday, climbing the 32-pitch line in 10 hours and 19 minutes. Brett and Meiris, both climbing guides and instructors, had to pass five people on the final pitch of the climb, and said they didn’t expect to break the record. The previous record of 10 hours and 40 minutes was set by Libby Sauter and Chanel Astorga in September 2011. The overall record, set by Dean Potter and Sean Leary in 2010, is two hours, 36 minutes, 45 seconds.

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