Hans Florine, world-renown rock climber, completed his 100th ascent of the Nose Route of El Capitan in 2015 in Yosemite National Park. Florine is the world’s most-noted speed climber. He also wrote the book “On The Nose” which chronicles his first 100 ascents of The Nose route.
Florine has used his worldwide fame for outreach to disabled athletes, children and families to participate in the outdoors. He opened climbing gyms in cities and made regional-publicized appearances at many to draw youngsters away from their video games and cell phones and into the sport. He is an ambassador for the Access Fund and has raised thousands of dollars through live events, auctions and trash cleanups. He has donated time to Outboard Bound, along with developing programs for both the Boy Scouts and troubled kids.
Florine set the record for climbing El Capitan, and after it was broken in 2010, then re-set the record in 2012. He became the first person in history to climb 14 mountain peaks that are 14,000 feet or higher in California in less than four days, which required that he hike, trek and climb 90 miles and traverse 41,000 vertical feet. He completed the first ascent of El Capitan on The Nose with a blind climber (Erik Weihenmayer) in 1996, and 10 years later, made the first one-day ascent of El Capitan with an amputee (Craig DeMartino). In all, he has climbed El Capitan 160 times.