Short Film: Peter and the Columns (Featuring Hans Florine)

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Note: This film is available for free online until Saturday.

In 2018,  Eugene, Oregon, local Peter Brown Hoffmeister and speed climbing legend Hans Florine were training for a race. Hoffmeister had been climbing “El Cap Days” at a nearby crag, The Columns. “I started doing El Cap Days after I read that Dan Osman always wanted to do an El Cap Day but died before ever doing one,” he says. “So I thought I’d try one and then … I got addicted.” The Outside writer Jayme Moye spread word of Hoffmeister’s exploits to speed climbing legend Hans Florine, and soon a competition was on the calendar. Florine would travel to Eugene to take on Hoffmeister at The Columns, where they would race to climb the height of the Nose of El Capitan at the single-pitch crag. Then two accidents happened. Florine broke bones in both legs during a fall on El Capitan, and Hoffmeister suffered a traumatic brain injury during a bicycle accident. Instead of calling off the event, both men became more motivated. This film documents their race and the events that preceded it.

Fun fact: During the race, Florine climbed the height of El Cap in 2:27:07—not too far off the Nose record of 2:23:46 that he set in 2012 with Alex Honnold.