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Anastasia

climber
Not here
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 10, 2009 - 03:08pm PT
Fattrad,
Nothing is going on! LOL Now can you give kudos without a reason of tragedy, drama, etc? Sometimes people need to be appreciated... Ever feel that way? I do all the time, especially when I'm helping out my family and they just assume that's a given.

Now post up before I need to grab a big stick and start pounding all of ya!
AF
hagerty

Social climber
A Sandy Area South of a Salty Lake
Jun 10, 2009 - 03:15pm PT
Anastasia wrote:
>Why do we need a big excuse to give kudos to a fellow human being? <
It appears that in general on ST, and certainly in this thread, it's not seeking a "big excuse", but much more an expression of genuine concern and caring. Sometimes people like to relate how they may have dealt with a similar situation, so it can help if they knew what's up.

Lynn has always been an inspiration to me, going way bitd to regularly running into her (figuratively, folks!) in the Gunks.
drljefe

climber
Old Pueblo, AZ
Jun 10, 2009 - 03:19pm PT
Lynn Hill always inspired me, from her routes at my local crag to her accomplishments worldwide. Style and grace. I wore Bambas for a while too...

Here's the LHMFP
Jello

Social climber
No Ut
Jun 10, 2009 - 03:43pm PT
How could anyone who appreciates honesty, integrity, talent and hard work not be in Lynn's corner. And how could anyone who's been graced by her beautiful, unflinching gaze not fall under her spell?

Thank you Lynn, for just...being you.

-Jeff
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Jun 10, 2009 - 03:46pm PT
Go Lynn!!!

Hey Lynn, remember the slabs approach to Half Dome with Charlie Rowe in what...78?
Yeah, that was me showing you two the way.
You rock, and always have.
Cheers,
Bruce
Fletcher

Trad climber
the end of the world as we know it, & I feel fine.
Jun 10, 2009 - 03:51pm PT
That first shot Zombi posted is the one I have hanging up over my dresser... (along with Peter Croft waltzing across some exposed arete on Mt. Humphreys). Inspiration indeed! Thanks Lynn.

Eric
Roger Breedlove

climber
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Jun 10, 2009 - 03:58pm PT
I have posted this little tidbit several times over the years, but it still comes to mind.

Lynn came to Cleveland to give a slide show shortly after her one day free ascent of the Nose. I took my two little girls who were about 10 and 12 years old. Although I knew she had free climbed the Nose, I had not been following climbing since the late 70s.

My girls were interested in the presentation, but it didn't mean any thing special to them and, as figure skaters, they were used to seeing women doing hard stuff. But it did to me. As Lynn described the huge amount of time and effort to work the pitches, I immediately linked it back to the mid-70s when Ken Wilson, the editor of Mountain Magazine, and I had to decide how to report first ascents that relied on sever working of the leads. The thought going through my head was "So this is the legacy of Ray Jardine."

In those few moments when I mentally traversed 20 years, not going from the present backwards but from the my most recent experience 20 years earlier to the present, I felt as if I had been shot into the future. It was a very cool experience to see such beautiful climbing come out of what had been considered an inferior style. Imagine rapping in from the top to work a pitch!

I still have the poster that Lynn signed for my kids. She didn't recognize me and I didn't say anything.

I always loved that the first free ascent of El Cap was by a women. When I started climbing, male climbers really didn't believe that women could climb hard. Lynn's ascent felt like a vindication.

I told Lynn that I was a little sad when it was finally repeated. But she wasn’t. She was happy that Tommy and Beth had repeated the route. I am sure that the whole the whole ‘little fingers’ excuse was put to rest. Just a regular 5th class clime, I guess.

So Anastasia, you can just put that whupping stick down, okay?
richross

Trad climber
Jun 10, 2009 - 03:59pm PT
Lynn, Good to see you at the Gunks reunion last year.Rich


LuckyPink

climber
the last bivy
Jun 10, 2009 - 04:05pm PT
my numero uno Hero! serious person and fantastic climber!
FinnMaCoul

Trad climber
Green Mountains, Vermont
Jun 10, 2009 - 04:24pm PT
I remember being awestruck watching her climb near my party in the Gunks when I was a teenager. I was doing some of my first multi-pitch routes and was delirious with the exposure. It was a privelege to watch a legend climbing with such grace and power. Truly an inspirational and unforgotten clinic for a young climber.
richross

Trad climber
Jun 10, 2009 - 04:27pm PT
On Henry Barber's True Grip.

Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Jun 10, 2009 - 04:37pm PT
hanging on the wall in the office...


Barbarian

Trad climber
slowly dying in the OC
Jun 10, 2009 - 04:45pm PT
The PTO moms at our local elementary scholl have a "Women in History" program. Each year a dozen or so women dress up as women who have inspired them and present a first-person biography to the students. My wife has been part of this for years. One year I suggested that one of the women represent Lynn Hill.
"Lynn who?" she asked.
I took a few minutes to describe Lynn and her many accomplishments.
"Wow! She sounds amazing!"
I lent the woman a harness, small rack, rope and chalkbag for her accessories. She researched Lynn in books and on the internet and wrote a nice little biography.
On the big day, the women gave their presentations and handed out little "trading cards". Many great women were represented: Supreme Court Justices, astronauts, doctors, Mother Theresa...and Lynn Hill.
That was several years ago. I have watched these kids grow up ... they are in high school now. I ran into a couple of them in a coffee shop a couple of month ago. It was almost time for the annual program, so, out of curiosity, I asked the girls who they remembered from the previous programs. All those fabulous women, and whose name was the one that came up? Not Mother Theresa. Not Sandra Day O'Conner. Not Eleanor Roosevelt. Not Amelia Earhart. Every single girl came up with the same name - Lynn Hill.
Lynn, you rocked our generation, and now your rockin the next one. Keep it up!
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Jun 10, 2009 - 04:58pm PT
Anastasia is RIGHT ON.....sometimes it's cool to give people good vibes just because. For all Lynn has done for the sport of climbing she should be outwardly appreciated. Good to hear she's doing well and probably still out climbs everyone else, is humble about it and does no self promotion(always good), is beautiful(as always)and in general is a dang good person. Lynnie I appreciate all you've done and how much you've inspired many of us for decades now!
Peace
Blitzo

Social climber
Earth
Jun 10, 2009 - 05:18pm PT
Lynn Hill at 19, Red Rocks.

Photo by Blitzo.
dogtown

climber
Cheyenne,Wyoming
Jun 10, 2009 - 05:24pm PT
It’s hard to say enough about Lynn Hill, Everyone loves Lynn! How can one not?

Bruce.
Evel

Trad climber
the cliffs of insanity
Jun 10, 2009 - 05:37pm PT
I think it would be very nice to hear from the lady herself......

What say Lynn,,,,anything?
S.Leeper

Sport climber
Austin, Texas
Jun 10, 2009 - 05:54pm PT
I remember when she came to Reimer's in cen tex and I asked her what she thought of the place, and she said "there are alot of dogs" funny.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jun 10, 2009 - 07:03pm PT
She's one of my all-time hero(ine)s!
Yay! Lynn!
dogtown

climber
Cheyenne,Wyoming
Jun 10, 2009 - 07:09pm PT
I remember when she made me and my boy’s look like Idiots on rude boys at Smith. It was fun too watch!

Bruce.
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