New Women's El Cap Speed Record for Mayan Smith-Gobat and Libby Sauter

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10/29/14 - Mayan Smith-Gobat and Libby Sauter have set a new women's speed record for The Nose on El Cap in Yosemite. The pair set off at 7:18 a.m. yesterday and topped out on the 3,000-foot monolith a mere five hours and two minutes later. According to El Cap Report,  the two women lead in blocks, with Sauter leading the first half and Smith-Gobat leading the second. The ascent wasn't without a few hiccups. Sauter dropped an aider towards the end of her block, and also got stuck on a bolt later in the route, so a faster time could be possible. The pair may attempt the route again on Friday, October 31 with the intention of dropping the time into the four-hour range.

The new record knocks 37 minutes off the previous record of 5:39, which was also set by Smith-Gobat and Sauter in September of 2013. Before that the record was held by Smith-Gobat and Chantel Astorga at 7:26.

This makes for an impressive El Cap season already for Sauter, who less than two weeks ago became the first woman to climb two El Cap routes in a day, along with Quinn Brett.

UPDATE: On Friday, October 31 Smith-Gobat and Sauter broke their own record again, bringing the time down to 4:43.

Date of ascents: October 28, 2014 and October 31, 2014

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