World Famous Climber Falls Off Yosemite's El Capitan And Somehow Lives

World Famous Climber Falls Off Yosemite's El Capitan And Somehow Lives

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World Famous Climber Falls Off Yosemite's El Capitan And Somehow Lives

Hans Florine literally wrote the bookOn The Nose for Yosemite’s El Capitan. And even though he’s climbed the route hundreds of time– pro’s make mistakes too.

Last week, Florine suffered severe injuries after falling from one of the upper pitches on El Cap. Now he’s asking others to use his experience as a reason to stay humble on the rock. Florine was climbing the route with Abraham Shreve when he placed a piece of protective gear that didn’t hold. He ultimately tumbled off the face and hit a ledge below, breaking a leg in the process.

“Well, there is a rescue going on, on El Capitan. And it’s me. I think I broke my leg. Rescuers please be safe.” – Hans Florine Instagram Post

After the fall, Shevre assisted the injured pro by getting him anchored in a safe spot where they would spend the night. Florine posted a selfie to Instagram letting the Yosemite climbing community know he was requiring a rescue. That rescue wouldn’t be completed until the following morning. The group says that the experience should serve as a reminder to all climbers that complacency can prove deadly.

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Hey y'all! I am out of surgery! All good. I love climbing. I love the climbing community. Hard to beat a medical care facility that has all their staff wearing "We Rock Care" on their uniforms. #climbingcommunity @diablorockgym #dohardthings #hansflorine The quick version: I pulled a nut placement I had made, (previous partners know I always use cams even in perfect V slots). I fell in the thin section above the pancake flake, hit triangle ledge with my heels. . Then went 5 ft farther, hung upside down, back against the wall. Probably 26 ft 7 1/4 inch in total. I had a @petzl_official helmet.(really Hans a sponsor plug?) I was on self belay while @abrahamshreve was cleaning the great roof. Current info: Broken left ankle and broken right heel/calcaneus. All good above the calves. I love climbing because you use your whole body to do the sport. If your pinky is broken, you can still train your abs, if your elbow is broken you can still train your legs. I'm super psyched my upper body's going to get trained amazingly well the next 3 to 11 months. And my business work/play/education etc. Is going to get ahead! Psyched!

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