World record-setting climber Hans Florine climbs all over the world. This picture is of him climbing El Capitan. (Photo: Jim Thornburg)
If you go 

Florine will teach a yoga class at North Shore Yoga and speak at Pint Night. 

WhatCore and stretch class at North Shore Yoga

When: 4 p.m.

How much: $8 suggested donation to Wild Trails, earmarked for the Southeastern Climbers Coalition to acquire Hospital Boulders, Ala.

Where: North Shore Yoga, 313 Manufacturers Road 


What: Pint Night at Rock/Creek with Outdoor Research, 2 North Shore

When: 7 p.m. 

How much: Suggested $5 donation 

Where: Rock/Creek, 2 North Shore, 301 Manufacturers Road


*No formal RSVP is required.

World record-climbing holder Hans Florine will be in Chattanooga Thursday evening at Pint Night at Rock/Creek at 2 North Shore. 

"Last night, I heard a good deal about how, in the last decade, the outdoor community has just blossomed," Florine said Thursday morning.

Florine has been climbing for 30 years. He started when someone in his dorm at Cal Poly asked him to go climbing.

Soon, he would be skipping track and field practice to climb.

He would be climbing above the valley his college sat in and looking down on the practice he was missing, he said.  

When Florine started climbing, there weren't climbing gyms or competitions. But the competitor in him felt compelled to excel at the sport. 

So, in 1990, he set out to climb the country's largest rock, El Capitan, located in California. He set his first world record with 8:06 hours, and in the past 23 years, he has repeatedly set and broken records.  

He holds numerous speed records in Yosemite National Park and other places around the world. 

In June 2012, Florine and Alex Honnold (whom Florine said is known for his numerous appearances on "60 Minutes") set the speed ascent record at The Nose, one of the climbing routes up El Capitan, in 2:23:46, covering 2,900 vertical feet.

Mark McKnight, Rock/Creek marketing director, said Rock/Creek leaders are excited to have Florine in town.

Rock/Creek vendor Outdoor Research is sponsoring Florine's trip.

Attendees of tonight's event will get pints for a suggested donation of $5 to benefit trail series Wild Trails. The funds are earmarked for the Southeastern Climbers Coalition to acquire Hospital Boulders, Ala.

"We're hopeful that Wild Trails supporters can have a good time and raise a few hundred dollars to help with the Hospital Boulders acquisition," McKnight said.