Hans Florine

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Hans Florine
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Florine in 1995
Personal information
Nickname Hollywood Hans[1]
Born (1964-06-18) June 18, 1964 (age 53)
Residence Moraga, California, U.S.[2]
Occupation Professional climbing and speaker[1]
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[3]
Website hansflorine.com
Climbing career
Type of climber Big wall, Speed climbing
Known for Fastest ascent of The Nose of El Capitan

Hans Florine (born June 18, 1964)[3][4][5] is an American rock climber, who together with Alex Honnold previously held the Speed Record for climbing The Nose of Yosemite’s El Capitan in 2:23:46 (2 hours, 23 minutes and 46 seconds), on June 17, 2012[6] which, at the time, broke the previous record of 2:36:45 set by Dean Potter and Sean Leary. Florine also previously held the same record with Yuji Hirayama for El Capitan in 2:37:05 (2 hours, 37 minutes and 5 seconds), set on October 12, 2008.[2] This broke their record of 2:43:33 set on July 2, 2008, which had broken the record that was set by the German "Huberbuam", Alexander Huber and Thomas Huber.[7] The two brothers climbed The Nose on October 8, 2007 in 2:45:45, breaking Florine' and Hirayama's prior speed record.[8] El Capitan is traditionally climbed in three to five days.[9] The Nose route is 2,900 ft long (880 m) and features 31 pitches of strenuous, exposed climbing.[9] Florine thus climbed The Nose at roughly 6 minutes per pitch. On July 30, 2005, Florine also completed a solo ascent of The Nose in just 11 hours and 41 minutes.[10] Solo ascents are characterized by climbing by yourself and require one person to do all the work.

Florine has been climbing since 1983, and competitively since 1988.[3] He has been undefeated in speed competition for 5 years [3] and has won 3 gold medals in X-Game speed climbing.[3][11]


  • On the Nose: A Lifelong Obsession with Yosemite’s Most Iconic Climb, Hans Florine with Jayme Moye, Falcon Guides, 2016


  1. ^ a b "USATODAY.com - Teen scales heights of rock climbing". www.usatoday.com. 2003-11-18. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  2. ^ a b Fimrite, Peter (2008-11-09). "50th anniversary of first ascent of El Capitan". sfgate.com. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "EXPN.com - Story". expn.go.com. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  4. ^ "PowerBar: Athletes". teamelite.powerbar.com. Archived from the original on 2009-04-14. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  5. ^ "Hans Florine's 2004 birthday challenge". www.birthdaychallenge.com. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  6. ^ "Honnold and Florine Break Nose Speed Record". alpinist.com. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  7. ^ Helft, Miguel (2008-07-03). "Two Climbers Regain Record on Yosemite Peak - NYTimes.com". www.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  8. ^ "Alexander Huber interview - climbing news, mountaineering". www.planetmountain.com. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  9. ^ a b "El Capitan - The Nose 5.13c or 5.9 C2 - Climbing Info - Yosemite Valley, California USA". www.supertopo.com. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  10. ^ "Hans Florine - Fastest Solo Ascent of El Capitan - Speed Climbing". www.spadout.com. Archived from the original on 2009-04-28. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  11. ^ "CNNSI.com - SI Adventure - The El Capitan Climbing War - Wednesday July 31, 2002 11:18 AM". sportsillustrated.cnn.com. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 

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