Two helicopters in El Cap Meadow waiting to assist in the rescue of @hansflorine off of the Nose yesterday. He unfortunately injured both legs in a fall and ultimately got hauled to the top of the wall by Yosemite Search and Rescue. A sobering reminder to be careful out there, even on routes that we’ve climbed hundreds of times.
Injuries happen in climbing, and Hans has been in good spirits throughout and will surely recover ok, but for whatever reason I’ve been very moved by the whole thing. Hans taught me much of what I know about the Nose, and about speed climbing in general, and the idea of him being in so much pain on his most beloved route really saddens me.
As Hans always says, “Safety first, fun second, speed third.”
Stay safe out there, and send @hansflorine some love. He’s done a lot for the sport of climbing.