Climbing Free by Greg Child
My Life in the Vertical World

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The legendary rock climber who redefined the boundaries of her sport tells her story. From the age of thirteen when she began climbing, it was clear Lynn Hill had an unusual gift. Before long she was arguably the best rock climber in the world, establishing routes so bold and difficult that few others could follow. And in 1994, Lynn succeeded on a climb that no one—man or woman—has been able to repeat: the first "free ascent" of the Nose on Yosemite's El Capitan, which means that she climbed 3,000 feet of vertical granite without using gear to aid her ascent. In Climbing Free she describes her famous climb and meditates on how she harnesses the strength and the courage to push herself to such extremes. She tells of her near-fatal 80-foot fall, her youth as a stunt artist for Hollywood, her friendships with climbing's most colorful personalities, and the tragedies and triumphs of her life in the vertical world. More than merely a story of adventure, this book stands out as a genuine, singular account of a life richly and boldly lived. 32 pages of color photographs, 35 black-and-white photographs.
 

About Greg Child

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Lynn Hill has been featured in Life, Vanity Fair, Outside, Time, National Geographic, and in the IMAX film Extreme. She lives in Moab, Utah. Greg Child is a world-class mountaineer and the author of several books on climbing. He lives near Moab, Utah.
 
Published May 1, 2002 by W. W. Norton & Company. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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In an unvarnished debut, Hill shares climbing experiences, offers technical tips, and portrays her emotional ties to other elite climbers.

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A legend in the world of high-altitude rock climbing, Hill has pursued her love of "free climbing"—using only your body to ascent "without altering the rock or using artificial means to pull yourself higher"—since 1975, when she was one of the pioneers of the free climbing movement in the climbin...

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