Video: Mayan Smith-Gobat and Libby Sauter Break El Cap Speed Record


In October 2014, Mayan Smith-Gobat and Libby Sauter set out to break the women's speed record on The Nose of El Capitan. The time to beat was 5:39. Smith-Gobat and Sauter faced stiff competition: themselves. They set the previous record in 2013. This video documents their amazing success on Yosemite's iconic granite wall. In fact, they succeeded twice. Not shown in the video is the record set at 5:02 on October 28. That wasn't good enough for the pair; they wanted to break the five hour barrier. Three days later on October 31 they crushed it, bringing their time down to 4:43. Read our original story about the record-breaking week.