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Rock Climbing - Hans Florine

Hans Florine
Professional Rock Climber

Hans Florine is the self-proclaimed world's fastest climber. Can he defend this claim to fame? Definitely. A simple glance at his competition results over the years makes that abundantly clear: of the 140 climbing competitions that Hans has participated in, he has won an amazing 28.

Competition Highlights:
USA National Speed Climbing Champion 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994 and 2002
World Champion Speed Climber 1991
2nd place at the ESPN 1995 Survival of the Fittest
X Games Speed Climbing Champion 1995, 1996 and 1997
1998 Sony Playstation X-Treme Games Speed Climbing Champion

Like all KINeSYS athletes, Hans strives to prove himself outside of the formal competitive arenas of his chosen sport. He holds numerous solo and team speed records on many of the classic big wall routes at Yosemite National Park, a mecca for rock climbers from all over the world. His obsession with speed has driven him to ascend 20 of the rock and peak routes from the book "50 Classics in North America", in only 20 days. And demonstrating that he understands that speed is not the only factor that proves a professional climber, Hans has shown incredible skill having climbed over 60 routes graded a difficulty of 5.13 or higher and completing climbs at heights of over 21,500 feet.

When not pushing himself to win yet another event or set a new record, Hans can be found promoting the sport of climbing throughout the world. He has given instructional clinics in the US, Mexico, Australia and South Africa and has been organizing and running climbing events since 1992. He has lent his professional expertise to various photo and commercial shoots for such names as National Geographic, Sports Illustrated and ESPN. In 2001, Hans publicized the knowledge he has acquired as one of the pioneers of speed climbing, co-authoring the book "Climb On: Skills for More Efficient Climbing". This book is considered a cornerstone of instructional climbing literature and combines anecdotes from Hans' past experiences, theory on how to climb faster and useful tips for beginner and experienced climbers alike.


A tip that Hans has picked up himself is to never underestimate the power of the sun and therefore always use sunscreen. When hanging off the face of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley, there is no hiding in the shade. KINeSYS spray sunscreens provide protection that is perfect for rock climbers like Hans, or any other athlete: coverage against harmful UVA and UVB rays, in a hands-free, non-greasy spray format that ensures hands stay dry and grip is not affected.


KINeSYS spray sunscreens provide protection that is perfect for rock climbers like Hans, or any other athlete: coverage against harmful UVA and UVB rays, in a hands-free, non-greasy spray format that ensures hands stay dry and grip is not affected.