Climbing Free: My Life in the Vertical World

 

Climbing Free: My Life in the Vertical World
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Object Title Climbing Free: My Life in the Vertical World
Manufacturer Lynn Hill (W.W. Norton & Co.)
Page By Augie Medina
Page Type Apr 26, 2007 / Mar 13, 2011
Object ID 3056
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This is a satisfying autobiography of a great female athlete.

This renowned American climber recounts her early climbing days at places like Joshua Tree and Yosemite and her entry into big wall climbing. She went from working as a stunt artist in Hollywood to dominating the world tour in Europe. Ever seeking challenges, Hill also did high altitude mountaineering with the likes of Alex Lowe and others.

The concluding chapter recounts her 1994 first free ascent of El Capitan’s the Nose route. Climbing 3000 feet of vertical rock without using gear to aid her, and in under 23 hours, is something, she suggests, that is a once in a lifetime achievement.

Product Details

Price: $24.95
Hardback: 270 pages with color photographs
Author: Lynn Hill with Greg Child
Foreword: John Long
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
Year of Publication: 2002
Language: English
ISBN: 0-393-04981-7

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Augie Medina - Apr 26, 2007 8:20 pm - Voted 4/5

A Great Athlete
The book starts off with a bang. Hill relives the time when, having reached the end of a top-roped climb in France (a 5.11 route, easy for her, so she never fell on the rope ascending), she leaned back to be lowered and fell 72 feet to the deck. It seems that she had started, but not completed, tying the rope into her harness before her climb. Quite a way to begin the story of one of climbing’s elite!

The stories of her early days in climbing are entertaining including her reminiscences of celebrated American climbers she befriended along the way. Tales of her days at Camp 4 in Yosemite are included as well a chapter on Joshua Tree. The final chapter is fittingly an account of her free ascent of the Nose on El Cap in 1994, an amazing endeavor by any measure.

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