Florine in 1995
|Born||June 18, 1964|
|Residence||Moraga, California, U.S.|
|Occupation||Professional climbing and speaker|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Type of climber||Big wall, Speed climbing|
|Known for||Fastest ascent of The Nose of El Capitan|
Hans Florine (born June 18, 1964) is an American rock climber, who holds the record for the number of ascents of Yosemite Valleys El Capitan and is known for holding the speed record on The Nose of Yosemite’s El Capitan 8 different times. Han's last speed record on The Nose was accomplished with Alex Honnold for climbing The Nose in 2:23:46 (2 hours, 23 minutes and 46 seconds), on June 17, 2012. In addition to climbing El Capitan over 160 times, Hans also holds the record for the number of ascents of The Nose climbing it more than 101 times.
El Capitan is traditionally climbed in three to five days. The Nose route is 2,900 ft long (880 m) and features 31 pitches of strenuous, exposed climbing. This translates to a rate of roughly 6 minutes per pitch.
Florine is well regarded in the climbing community, and pioneered many of the methods currently used in speed climbing.
Florine started climbing as a teenager in 1983, and began competing in bouldering and speed competitions by 1987 at a time when competition climbing was not popular. He found that by speed climbing in competitions he was able to earn some money to fund his climbing, and by climbing quickly he could simply get more climbing in.
He broke The Nose speed record with Yuji Hirayama in 2002, with a time of 2:48:55. This was bested by German brothers Alexander Huber and Thomas Huber in 2007, however, Florine and Hirayama regained the record with a time of 2:43:33 just six months later. They improved again to set a time of 2:37:05 (2 hours, 37 minutes and 5 seconds), on October 12, 2008.
On July 30, 2005, Florine also completed a solo ascent of The Nose in just 11 hours and 41 minutes. Solo ascents are characterized by climbing by yourself while using a rope for protection, and require one person to do all the work.
- The Nose of El Capitan: Former speed record with Steve Schneider, 1990. Time: 8:06
- The Nose of El Capitan: Former speed record with Andres Puhvel, 1991. Time: 6:01
- The Nose of El Capitan: Former speed record with Peter Croft, 1992. Time: 4:22
- The Nose of El Capitan: Former speed record with Jim Herson, 2001. Time: 3:57:27
- The Nose of El Capitan: Former speed record with Yuji Hirayama, 2002. Time: 2:48:55
- The Nose of El Capitan: Former speed record with Yuji Hirayama, July 2, 2008. Time: 2:43:33
- The Nose of El Capitan: Former speed record with Yuji Hirayama, October 12, 2008. Time: 2:37:05
- The Nose of El Capitan: Former speed record with Alex Honnold, June 17, 2012. Time: 2:23:46 or 2:23:51
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- On the Nose: A Lifelong Obsession with Yosemite’s Most Iconic Climb, Hans Florine with Jayme Moye, Falcon Guides, 2016
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