Honnold, Caldwell Free-Climb Triple Crown
Seven thousand feet in 21 hours
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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