Friday, June 22nd, 2012 at 10:54 pm in Lafayette.
Hans Florine, of Lafayette, is one of the world’s most well-known climbers. He took another step into the limelight Sunday, as he climbed the vertical face of The Nose on El Capitan in Yosemite in 2 hours, 23 minutes and 46 seconds.
Florine’s climb broke the previous record of 2 hours, 36 minutes and 45 seconds set in 2010. Florine had held the record, which he set in 2008, until that 2010 climb by Sean Leary and Dean Potter.
Perhaps most impressive about Florine’s feat is that he turned 48 years old this week, yet he is climbing faster than he ever has before and faster than anyone else for that matter.