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  • Chris Leonard

    Great article. One minor correction for you- free climbing, such as Lynn's impressive feat on el cap, still (typically) involves the use of ropes and fall protection. What makes it 'free' is that the climber does not use any gear to aid her progress, only to protect her in the event of an accident or fall.
    Thanks for the great read!

  • Ben Goldhirsh

    thanks ! this is awesome. for me and my family. also, I think you can sub in "effort" for "climb" for the universal logic of this one:

    "When attempting a difficult climb, I try to maintain a calm and confident state of mind. I trust my sense of intuition instead of second-guess my first instincts. If I’m feeling nervous or insecure, I’m more likely to be distracted by negative thoughts during crucial moments of difficulty.

    • Yasha Wallin

      Completely agree Ben! A lot of her climbing philosophy could be applied to life in general.

  • Mary Slosson

    This is an incredible piece and very inspiring for me, a relatively new climber. Just the thought of free climbing The Nose route on El Cap gives me cold chills. So much respect.

    Lynn Hill wrote an article on her free climb of El Cap that is worth a read:
    http://www.stanford.edu/~clint/yos/nosehill.htm

    • Ben Goldhirsh

      Mary, just read that. Thank you.

    • Yasha Wallin

      Thanks for sharing this Mary! I hadn't seen it before. And agreed - I can't imagine a free climb like that, so so much respect!