Carstensz Pyramid Summiter
Summit Carstensz Pyramid on 26th August 2008 07:25 (GMT +9) 2008
Hans Florine (born June 18, 1964) is an American rock climber, who together with Yuji Hirayama holds the Speed Climb World Record for climbing The Nose of Yosemites El Capitan in 2:37:05; 2 hours, 37 minutes and 05 seconds set on October 12, 2008. This breaks their record of 2 hours, 43 minutes and 33 seconds set on July 2, 2008, which had broken the record that was set by the German "Huberbuam" , Alexander Huber and Thomas Huber. The two brothers climbed The Nose on October 8, 2007 in 2 hours, 45 minutes and 45 seconds breaking Hans' and Yuji's prior speed record. El Capitan is traditionally climbed in three to five days. The Nose route is 2900 ft long and features over 31 pitches of strenuous, exposed climbing. 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. Solo ascents are characterized by climbing by yourself and require one person to do all the work.( Wikipedia)
Hans is obsessed with speed. He times virtually everything: driving distances, widget production, diaper changes, loan closings,newspaper reading. Hans has produced an audio program called "Speed Is Power", currently available in a box set along with 13 other succces authors, the likes of Denis Waitley and Vince Lombardi Jr.
Hans's business degree with emphasis on production operations and HRM gave him his initial insights into, and idea to apply effective speed to nearly everything.
Speed climbing is where Hans has made his biggest mark. Hans literally wrote the book on speed climbing.
He won the first 16 speed climbing events that he entered. He has been the US National Speed Climbing Champion nine times in the past 15 years, and he won the first World Speed Climbing Championship in 1991. Hans won gold at the first three ESPN X-Games.
On rock, Hans has repeatedly set and broken one of the most coveted speed records in the world: The Nose of El Capitan. He also holds numerous speed records in Yosemite National Park and all over the globe. (www.hansflorine.com and www.speedclimb.com)