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The Free Triple – Tommy Caldwell & Alex Honnold Free Climb Mt. Watkins, El Cap & Half Dome in 21:15

The Free Triple – Tommy Caldwell & Alex Honnold Free Climb Mt. Watkins, El Cap & Half Dome in 21:15

May 21, 2012 May 21, 2012

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[Tommy and Alex atop El Cap at sunrise on May 19, after free climbing Free Rider by headlamps in 6:45 (this after first racing up Mt. Watkins, and before Half Dome). Photo: Jeff Johnson]

Following that auspicious start, we got the shoes and the boys put the hammer down. South Face of Watkins in 2 hours and 50 minutes, then Free Rider on El Cap in 6:45 (via headlamp), and the Regular Route on Half Dome in 5 hours. Over 7,000 vertical feet of free climbing up to 5.12+, some 75 guidebook pitches climbed in less than 30 pitches – via extensive simulclimbing, through 5.12 – and the entire linkup, base of first to top of last, in 21:15.

Mindblowing. But, honestly, it seemed pretty causal for them (mindblowing on top of mindblowing). Kind of like Superman and his twin just out doing their thing. I asked Kc - van to half dome IMG_4597(LR)
[Tommy catches a cat nap while Alex is giddy with excitement, after El Cap and before Half Dome. Photo: Kelly Cordes]

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