Tommy Caldwell and Jeremy Collins teamed up to dominate the fourth annual 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell in Arkansas. In this unique endurance climbing challenge, participants attempt to cleanly lead as many routes as they can in 24 hours, with more points for harder routes and trad climbs.
The Caldwell-Collins team led 222 routes to earn nearly 53,000 points — more than 10,000 over runners-up Todd Johnson and Nate Moore. Collins is a Horseshoe veteran — he finished seventh last year in individual scoring and improved this year to second overall — and Caldwell is, well, Tommy Caldwell. The Colorado climber, who has been training for an attempted free-climb of Mescalito on El Capitan, completed 123 routes in 24 hours for 31,300 points, which would have given him fourth place in the team competition.
In an email Patagonia ambassador Brittany Griffith said of the event, “The best thing about the 24 HHH is the intimacy. Everyone is in it together, sharing beta and strategies, encouraging one another and watching out for each other, be it the 5.6 climber or the 5.14 climber. AND, where else can you watch Tommy Caldwell climbing a 5.6 at 4am.”
Alpine master Colin Haley commented that, "The 24 HHH was a super fun and creative event. It certainly encompasses more of the real climbing experience than the tiny resemblance of real climbing that has been distilled into a typical climbing competition."
Indeed, the 24 Hours is not just about elite competition, and you can see superb images of the unique atmosphere at the galleries of photographer Lucas Marshall. For full results, visit the 24 Hourse of Horseshoe Hell website.
Click here to read 2009 24 HHH - A Recap of World's Best Endurace Climbing Competion by the event's master of ceremonies Andrew Chasten.
Dates of Event: September 25-27, 2009