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North America, United States, California, Yosemite Valley, El Capitan, Free Ascent of the Nose and Monster Linkup

Yosemite Valley, El Capitan, free ascent of the Nose and monster linkup. On October 30-31, in a 23-hour and 23-minute continuous push, Tommy Caldwell freed both the Nose (5.14a) and Free Rider (5.12d). Earlier in October, Caldwell and Beth Rodden swung leads on a free ascent of the Nose. Caldwell then returned and freed the route himself (leading every pitch, becoming the only person to repeat Lynn Hill’s much-heralded 1994 feat) in 12 hours. He also hucked a lap on Free Rider before his linkup. For a first-hand account of Caldwell’s 6,000-vertical-foot day freeing two El Cap routes, see his story earlier in this Journal.