Legendary Climber Hans Florine Broke Multiple Bones After A Fall While Climbing Yosemite’s El Capitan

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Hans with rescuers. Image: Hans Florine

According to Mercury News, World Famous Climber Hans Florine was airlifted to the hospital on Friday after a fall while climbing El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, CA. At 1:30pm on Thursday, Hans was ahead of his climbing partner Abraham Shreve, when a nut that he used to secure his rope broke loose.

At the time, he was about 2,300ft up the nose of the Nose route. Before he was caught by the rope, he fell about 25 feet and hit his feet on a ledge. He suffered a broken ankle on his left foot and a broken heel on his right foot. Abraham helped Hans down to a ledge 400ft below, where they awaited search and rescue crews. Within a few hours, the rescue team reached the pair and helped them to the top of El Capitan.

By the time that they reached the top, it was too dark for a rescue, so group spent the night up there. On Friday, Hans was airlifted to the Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, CA where he underwent surgery. He set the speed record for the 3,400ft Nose route 8 times in more than two decades and he was out preparing to do it again when the accident occurred.

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