Lynn Hill – USA

Showing in: Wanaka and Queenstown

Wanaka Session 4 Saturday June 29
Wanaka 8:00pm (doors open at 7:00pm with live music)

Queenstown Session Q1 Thursday July 4
Queenstown 8:00pm (doors open at 7:00pm with live music)


Lynn Hill is a living legend. Few have accomplished an athletic feat more than a decade before anyone else – man or woman. Lynn changed the definition of what is possible in rock climbing with her first free ascent of the most famous big wall climb in the world; “The Nose” on El Capitan in Yosemite Valley, California. Over nineteen years later, Tommy Caldwell and Lynn are still the only two people in the world to have succeeded in making a free one-day ascent of The Nose.

Her presentation, ‘Ascending Women’ is the story of Lynn’s life as a pioneer in what was once a male-dominated community: the sport of rock climbing. Lynn started out as a traditional rock climber in Southern California in 1975, where she joined a group of climbers known as the Stonemasters. She discovered sport climbing on her first trip to France and went on to become one of the champions of competitive rock climbing for almost two decades.

The year following her first one-day free ascent of The Nose in 1994, Lynn took her big wall skills to the high peaks of Kyrgyzstan. There she made the first free ascents of two 5.12 big walls: the 4,000-foot west face of Peak 4810 with the late Alex Lowe and the Perestroika Crack of Peak 4240 with Greg Child. In 1999, Lynn led a small team of women to the island of Madagascar (off the coast of Africa) to do a first ascent up a steep, two-thousand-foot wall of granite. This route turned out to be perhaps the most difficult first ascent of a big wall ever done by a team of women (5.13d/A0 5.12c mandatory).

As a part-time resident of both France and Italy, Lynn has become fluent in French and Italian. Her travels have taken her to various places throughout Europe and to remote climbing destinations in Vietnam, Thailand, China, Morocco, Australia, Madagascar and South America. Currently living in Boulder, Colorado, Lynn balances her time between climbing, running, skiing, travelling to cool places around the world, and raising her son Owen.