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Florine and Hirayama break El Cap record

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American Hans Florine (44) and his Japanese partner Yuji Hirayama (39) succeeded today in breaking the El Capitan speed climbing record in Yosemite National Park, CA, USA. They duo broke the previous record, set by the Huber brothers from Germany in October 2007, by a margin of 2 minutes. Florine and Hirayama scaled the 3000+ foot granite monolith in a time of 2 hours, 43 minutes.


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Totally studf***s or what
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good for them!
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not as impressive as Tommy Caldwell's two routes free in a day
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Morning Edition, July 3, 2008

Two men hauled themselves up to the nose of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park in 2 hours and 43 minutes Wednesday, setting a world record for the granite giant in California that is an icon of world rock climbing.

Hans Florine, 44, and his climbing partner, Yuji Hirayama, 39, beat the record by a nail-biting two minutes.

People once thought it was impossible to scale the sheer cliff face, which rises more than 3,000 feet. Fifty years ago, Warren Harding set out to climb El Capitan. It took him 47 days of repeated assaults, but he finally made it.

Florine has now climbed El Capitan 68 times. He and Hirayama owned the record at 2 hours and 48 minutes, which they set in 2002.

Then two German brothers, Thomas and Alexander Huber, showed up and broke it in October. Their time: 2 hours and 45 minutes.

That prompted Florine and Hirayama to set about reclaiming their rightful place at the top, as it were.

On June 27, they climbed what's called the nose route straight up the middle but missed their goal by 43 minutes.

"I think we could have gone faster," Florine told the San Francisco Chronicle at the time. "I haven't been getting as much rest as I would have liked. I think I need to come up early next time and get more sleep."

They set out again on Sunday and missed by 2 1/2 minutes. Still, the American-Japanese climbing duo decided to try it again. If their latest attempt hadn't succeeded, the men said, they would have returned in September for another go at reclaiming the record.

Compiled from NPR and San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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