I am Lynn Hill - the first female climber to free climb The Nose of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley! AMA!
I've been climbing for 40 years.
You could call me a pioneer in women's rock climbing, and in climbing in general.
When the sport became competitive, I was right there in the very beginning, and now it's taken off on its own little tangent. And I am the first person, man or woman, to free climb the Nose of El Capitan. It's the most iconic "big wall" rock climb in the world - there are 2 iconic rock formations in Yosemite, El Capitan and Capdome. And it's one of the iconic visuals of Yosemite Valley. The route that I climbed, many people tried to do it, but weren't successful in doing what I did, free-climbing from bottom to top, without using any equipment to get past the difficult section of the climb. Free climbing is when you use the natural features of the rock to climb up, rather than using the aid of your equipment to get to the top or the end of a section.
And I'll be appearing in "Valley Uprising," airing on Discovery on April 25th at 8pm ET/PT, a film that's premiering as a part of Discovery's Elevation Weekend (http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/elevation-weekend/).
I'm here to answer your questions. Victoria's assisting me over the phone today. AMA!
Update: Thank you for your interest in asking me these questions. It's very kind of many of you to say such flattering things. And I hope to come back and answer more of your questions tomorrow. Be safe, have fun, and follow your dreams!