New Diablo Rock Gym Manager Hans Florine
Hans Florine, 46, began climbing 28 years ago at San Luis Obispo, where he went to college. A dorm mate invited him to a 20 foot boulder in the middle of a cow field. Rigging a toprope, Florine began climbing. From there his life as a climber took off.
Florine has been a long time member of the Touchstone community. From working the front desk at Berkeley Ironworks, to building the cracks at the Oakland gyms, to teaching clinics over the years, Florine explored the different Touchstone communities. Recently, Florine took the position as the manager of Diablo Rock Gym, the climbing gym he has been training at for over 5 years. “I feel honored to have a relationship with the owners and managers, to take a larger role, and commit for a longer time,” Florine said of the position. “I want to expand the membership so that we have a more vibrant group and more energy in the gym. We’ll be strengthening our relationships with families, nearby companies, colleges, and surrounding groups. We provide the best atmosphere for a climbing community. We want people to know that.”
Since 1980, Florine has climbed El Capitan 144 times and climbed The Nose 72 times. Beginning in 1990 with fellow blonde rock star Steve Scheneider, Florine whittled down the speed record on The Nose from 6 months on the first ascent by Warren Harding to a blinding fast sub 3 hour time. Florine is world renown for his fast ascents
and has written a book “Speed Climbing: How to Climb Faster and Better
.” Florine also works as a motivational speaker, discussing his success on El Cap and relating it to corporate models. Florine spends his free time with his wife of ten years, Jacki, his ten year old daughter, Marianna, and his seven year old son, Pierce.
Stop by Diablo Rock Gym and meet up with Hans Florine, the manager. Check out the new programs and activities he has planned for the gym!
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