Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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On Thursday night I met Big Wall Speed Climber Hans Florine. He gave a talk at the Pleasanton Library. I told yall about it but did not see you among the 60 people there. He holds the World Record for climbing The Nose of Yosemite’s El Capitan in 2:37:05, with Japanese climber Yuji Hirayama. That is flying up 2900 feet.!Hans is a personable guy and related stories of the pursuit of the record. His slide show and video clips were fun. He’s still active even though he holds down an 8-5 job and is raising 2 young kids. I bought his DVD called Master of Stone VI which features the 2 climbers in action. He also has an instructive multimedia CD called “How to climb the Nose.” Not me, I’m content to slog up the Half Dome Trail for my thrills. He has indeed hiked the HD trail like us mere mortals also. I do admire Hans and the men and women climbers that have made Yosemite THE place for the sport. We do have one thing in common – Power Bars. I pay to eat them and they sponsor him to eat them. To follow his exploits, click <HERE>. I hope to see you Sunday at 2 at the Pleasanton Library for my riveting talk.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Everything new and pure in the very prime of the spring when Nature’s pulses were beating highest and mysteriously keeping time with our own.” – John Muir, 1912