Lynn Hill

Rock Climbing Ambassador


Fullerton, CA


Boulder, CO

Patagonia Rock Climbing Ambassador Lynn Hill
Lynn is a living legend. She started climbing at 14 and excelled immediately and by her late teens she was the first woman to climb 5.12d. In 1993 she changed the definition of what’s possible in rock climbing with her first free ascent of The Nose on El Capitan, one of the most important climbing achievements ever. Lynn balances her time between climbing, running, skiing and raising her son.

Career Highlights

  • First female ascent of Midnight Lightning, Yosemite, California
  • First female ascent of Scarface (5.14a), Smith Rocks, Oregon
  • First free ascent of The Nose route on El Capitan, Yosemite, California
  • First person to free climb The Nose route on El Capitan in a day
  • First free ascent of the West Face of Peak 4810, Kyrgyzstan
  • First free ascent of Perestroika Crack on Peak 4240, Kyrgyzstan
  • Recipient of the Underhill Award presented by the American Alpine Club
  • Five-time winner of the prestigious Rock Master Invitational in Arco, Italy
  • Four-time winner of the Survival of the Fittest competition televised on NBC’s Sports World