Shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker Prize for outstanding contribution to mountain literature, this is the world’s foremost female rock climber’s inspiring story of her rise to the very top of her sport.
Lynn Hill has never let being a woman keep her from the hardest routes and toughest competitions in free climbing, making up in focus, determination and grace what she lacked in brawn and testosterone. In her autobiography she draws readers into the breathtaking excitement of the sport, conveying the true rewards of rock climbing – the physical, mental and spiritual satisfaction this sport can provide.
Lynn’s career has developed and grown alongside the popularity of rock-climbing as a sport. She learned to climb in the 70s when the sport was practically unknown and her extraordinary talent became widely recognised as the sport became more popular. She stunned the international climbing community when she became the first person to free-climb Yosemite’s famous 3,000ft Nose, and topped this feat the following year by repeating the route in 23 hours, half the time in pitch darkness, something it took 6,264 hours for the next male climber to accomplish.
This outstanding achievement, has ensured that both sexes now compete on routes of equal difficulty in competitions. A woman in a man’s world, Lynn Hill has re-written the boundaries of her sport , and as a rock-climber and role model she has yet to be outclassed.
The chronicle of a unique and fascinating life, this book combines extreme adventure, inspiration and spirituality with plenty of thrills, adventure, danger and excitement. Her skill, determination, perseverence, confidence and legendary status shine through on every page of this fascinating story.
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The inspiring autobiography of Lynn Hill, a Californian girl who has been hailed as the world's foremost female rock climber - and indeed as one of the greatest climbers of either sex that the sport has ever known. She captures the thrills of the climb and demonstrates the physical and mental courage needed to make a safe path up a cliff so that the climber can enjoy the gymnastic play between the human body and steep stone. All armchair adventurers will enjoy reading about her extraordinary exploits which include becoming the first person to free-climb Yosemite's famous 3,000-feet Nose. Even those of us who only tackle steep hills behind a wheel will appreciate the spiritual satisfaction gained by those who risk life and limb in search of raw excitement.From the Back Cover:
Shortlisted for the 2002 Boardman Tasker Prize
THE EXTRAORDINARY VERTICAL JOURNEY OF THIS MOST DARING AND CHARISMATIC CLIMBER
From the age of thirteen, when she began climbing, it was clear that Lynn Hill had an unusual gift. Before long she was arguably the best rock climber in the world; and in 1994 she succeeded on a climb that no-one – man or woman – has been able to repeat.
Hill's masterpiece was the first free ascent of The Nose on Yosemite's El Capitan – 3000 feet of vertical rock – which she climbed in under 23 hours, without gear, and much of the time in darkness. In 'Climbing Free' she describes this famous climb, and how she harnessed the strength and courage to push herself to such extremes.
'Climbing Free' is the story of a woman who has redefined the boundaries of sporting achievement to become one of the greatest athletes of all time.
''Climbing Free' is a remarkable work that communicates Hill's incredible drive and determination.'
'Sunday Business Post'
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Book Description W. W. Norton & Company, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0007145691