Hans Florine knows speed. He is a speed climber, professional speaker, author and thought leader in speed and efficiency. Hans has repeatedly set and broken one of the most coveted speed records in the world: The Nose of El Capitan, a 2,900-foot monolith in Yosemite Valley. In 2012, Hans, alongside climbing partner Alex Honnold, took the record again in 2 hours and 23 minutes, lowering the previous record by a full 13 minutes. He also holds numerous speed records in Yosemite National Park and all over the globe.
Hans won the first International Speed Climbing Championships in 1991 and has held the U.S. National title eleven times. He won gold at the ESPN X-Games three years in a row.
As a speaker, Hans challenges audiences to rethink what “speed” really means. Through impassioned storytelling, he shares his experiences as a record-breaking speed climber. He applies his knowledge to real-world scenarios through motivational topics that touch on competing to win, increased focus for faster action and the use of accountability partners for goal achievement.
Hans presents keynotes and seminars at tradeshows, conferences, colleges and universities, non-profit organizations and company events worldwide. He has worked and presented with a variety of organizations, including: Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, Life Technologies, The Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE), Wachovia Bank, Young Presidents’ Organization, Vail Resorts Real Estate Group, PMG Lending, Touchstone Climbing Incorporated and Outward Bound.
He is the author of “Speed is Power,” an audio program full of ideas, examples, and tools to utilize the fundamentals of speed in business and life. Hans is also the co-author of “Speed Climbing,” now in its second edition and producer of the award-winning documentary, “Wall Rats.”
He has been featured in San Francisco Chronicle, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, Men’s Journal, Fitness Runner, Rock and Ice Magazine, Climbing Magazine, Alpinist, Diablo Magazine, Master Athlete, and more.
Hans is an athlete/ambassador for Outdoor Research, KineSYS, Honey Stinger, NUUN Hydration, Blue Water Ropes, La Sportiva, Petal and DFX Sports. He is an ambassador for The Access Fund, an active member of The American Alpine Club and supporting member of the Yosemite Fund, Leave No Trace and South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL).
He earned his business degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, specializing in production operations management and human resource management. Hans has been certified in production and inventory management (CPIM) from The American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS). He has continued his education with tax accounting certification, USGBC LEED Green Associate certification, Dale Carnegie Leadership training and with speaking and success trainers.