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Chockstone Forum - General Discussion
General Climbing Discussion
New players, new record:
Shaving over 4 minutes from the previous record is super impressive.
It has been 5 years since I made a bet on Chockstone that it will be at least 20 years before the 2 hour barrier is broken. I still reckon I will be enjoying my free beers courtesy of Singer.
You can read all about that last discussion here...
That sure is an interesting read, I vaguely remember the Usain Bolt debate at the time, but there's a lot of stuff in there worth digging up now, considering two "unknowns" have taken 4 minutes off the record.
42 Years of The Nose Records
2017-10-21: Jim Reynolds, Brad Gobright in 2:19:44
(2017-10-10: Jim Reynolds, Brad Gobright in 2:34:30)
2012-6-17: Hans Florine, Alex Honnold in 2:23:46
2010-11-6: Dean Potter, Sean Leary in 2:36:45
2008-10-12: Hans Florine, Yuji Hirayama in 2:37:05
2008-7-2: Hans Florine, Yuji Hirayama in 2:43:33
2007-10-8: Alexander and Thomas Huber in 2:45:45
2007-10-4: Alexander and Thomas Huber in 2:48:30
2002-9-29: Hans Florine, Yuji Hirayama in 2:48:55
2001-11: Dean Potter, Timmy O’Neill in 3:24:20
2001-10: Hans Florine, Jim Herson in 3:57:27
2001-10: Dean Potter, Timmy O’Neill in 3:59:35
1992: Hans Florine, Peter Croft in 4:22
1991:Peter Croft, Dave Schultz in 4:48
1991: Hans Florine, Andres Puhvel in 6:01
1990: Peter Croft, Dave Schultz in 6:40
1990: Hans Florine, Steve Schneider in 8:06
1986: John Bachar, Peter Croft in 10:05 not sure why this is listed? Was the 1984 ascent controversial?
1984: Duncan Critchley, Romain Vogler in 09:30 (approximate)
1975-05-26: Jim Bridwell, John Long, Billy Westbay in 17:45
- Source Gripped
From the other thread:
"Olympic dedication and training."
-These days he [Brad Gobright] works as a busboy at the St. Julien Hotel & Spa in Boulder, drives a 1994 Honda Civic, and counts grocery-store donuts among his diet staples. - OutsideOnline
"At another level, an obvious way to shave some seconds is for a team to decide that they are comfortable to simul-solo some sections with the rope on."
- To maximize their speed, they ditched camming devices meant to prevent falls and whatever weighty gear they could live without. They didn’t pack food or water. ..what pushed Gobright and Reynolds over the speed record was their strategy in the climb’s final stretch: The two men ascended nearly simultaneously, foregoing the usual practice of having one climber go on ahead of the other.- SF Gate
"I think we need a statistical analysis and a graph of the records. See if they're starting to level off to a minimum or if they're continuing a downward curve."
Done, but I don't know how to upload the graph!
It's a very steep drop to a long gradual decline.
Basically, it almost halved from nearly 18hrs to 9.5 in 10 years
Then from 9hrs 30 to 4hrs 33 in 6 years
Then it was another 10 years before another hour came off from 4.22 to 3.24
Another 10 years to get it to 2hrs 23 minutes;
And now 5 years to drop 4 minutes.
I don't have the exact dates, but it's definitely slowing down, which you'd expect.
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