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Lynn Hill: Exotic Rock (slide show in philly)
« on: January 21, 2004, 11:12:51 AM »

LYNN HILL
EXOTIC ROCK 
MULTIMEDIA SLIDESHOW, TALK, AND BOOK SIGNING

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2004
8:00 PM
HOUSTON HALL – HALL OF FLAGS
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
PHILADELPHIA, PA

FREE TO PENNCARD HOLDERS
ONLY $5.00 GENERAL ADMISSION
FREE RAFFLE TICKET WITH ADMISSION
TICKETS ON SALE AT THE DOOR
TONS OF AMAZING RAFFLE PRIZES
EXTRA RAFFLE TICKETS $1.00


for directions to Houston Hall:
http://www.facilities.upenn.edu/mapsBldgs/view_map.php3?id=102

for directions to the University of Pennsylvania:
http://www.admissionsug.upenn.edu/visiting/directions.php      

brought to you by the University of Pennsylvania Outing Club
co-sponsored and funded by:
Eastern Mountain Sports, Philadelphia Rock Gym, $AC, $PEC Connaissance, GI$AC/GAP$A, and more ¦


********* TURN OVER FOR DESCRIPTION OF THE SHOW AND BIO OF LYNN *********

At the age of seventeen Lynn Hill climbed the Northwest Face of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, and started what would become one of the most impressive careers that the world of climbing has ever seen.  On Friday, February 27, 2004, come join us at the University of Pennsylvania, as Lynn entertains us with her show,  Exotic Rock,  detailing many of her amazing trips around the world. This is a multi-media presentation complete with music, photos, and video clips from several far away places around the globe such as Vietnam, Morocco, Australia, and her latest adventure to an as yet, undisclosed location.  

Lynn Hill began climbing at the age of 14.  Her natural athletic ability and gymnastic training helped her to excel immediately.  By the age of 17, she had already climbed the Northwest Face of Half Dome in Yosemite, and in 1979 became the first woman to climb a route graded 5.12d.  After discovering climbing out west, Lynn came east, and became a major figure in expanding the limits of free climbing in the Gunks.  She is responsible for no less than at least a half of dozen of the hardest lines in the Gunks, including such routes as Vandals (5.13a) and Running Man (5.13d).  In 1986 she entered the world of competition climbing, and by the time she finished competing in 1992, had become the five-time winner of the Rock Master Invitational in Arco, Italy, as well as the World Cup Champion in 1990.  More impressive than her competition climbing record (which is massively impressive), is her attitude towards climbing and the natural world, and her willingness to always push herself, and push boundaries, on real rock, while maintaining an attitude to push the style of her ascents to the highest level of purity possible.  Shortly after some voices in the climbing world declared that no woman would ever climb 5.14, Lynn stepped up to become the first woman to ever climb a route graded 5.14a, with her ascent of Masse Critique, at Cimai, France.  Not near finished, she later became the first woman to onsight 5.13b, before returning to California to attempt what would become perhaps the greatest single effort in climbing history.

In 1993, after returning to Yosemite, Lynn undertook the challenge of free climbing the Nose route on El Capitan.  After some effort she succeeded in free climbing on lead each of the 33 pitches of the route consecutively over four days.  Not ready to let that incredible feat stand alone, she returned the next year to successfully free climb the entire route in a single day.  In order to prepare herself for that challenge she spent the year training as hard as she ever had.  During that year of training she made the first free ascent, ONSIGHT, of a route called Mingus, a 12 pitch 5.13a in the Verdon Gorge, in France. In the Summer 2003 edition of Alpinist magazine (Alpinist 3) Ian Parnell wrote an article detailing the history of big wall free climbing.  In that article he referred to Lynn Hill,s 1994 free climb of the Nose of El Capitan in a single day as  THE BENCHMARK in big wall free climbing Ã¢â‚¬â€œ indeed her one day free ascent of the Nose in 1994 heralded in a new age in big wall free climbing that is only just now, ten years later, coming into its own. Parnell,s thoughts could not be more appropriate – the benchmark - that is what Lynn Hill is to many in the climbing world; the benchmark establishing what is and what could be possible on rock.  Indeed, Lynn,s free ascent of the Nose in 1993, and her one day free ascent in 1994, remain unrepeated, by man or woman, and it has been suggested by some that the two cruxes of the route may well clock in at 5.14.  Lynn has said of the Nose,  For me, this ascent represented a kind of performance art to demonstrate the values I believed in ¦My belief in this effort allowed me to access a source of energy much greater than my own. 

Lynn,s climbing of course did not end there.  She has taken her big wall free climbing skills and applied them all over the world in the ten years since her ascent of the Nose.  In Kyrgyzstan she made incredible free ascents of two 5.12 walls on the west face of Peak 4810 with Alex Lowe, and the Perestroika Crack on Peak 4240 with Greg Child.  In Morocco, she made the first ascent of Tete de Chou at 5.13a.  She has traveled to Australia, and to Vietnam where she established no less than a half dozen difficult climbs on the towers in Halong Bay.  In 1999, Lynn led an all female ascent of a new route on the Tsaranoro Massif in Madagascar creating  Bravo Les Filles  – thirteen pitches of granite climbing at 5.13d/A0.   Lynn now lives in Boulder, Colorado, where she has recently become a mother, and is balancing her time between her family and traveling the world to climb, ski, and run.  Where is she right now? Well she,s somewhere out there on a new adventure, so we welcome you all to come experience these climbs, including her current trip, with her as she shows us amazing pictures and tells us inspiring stories on Friday, February 27, 2004 here at the University of Pennsylvania.  We hope to see you all out there in the audience, watching, listening, asking questions, and talking with Lynn.  We,ll have a great raffle with tons of prizes, and a book signing, where you can chat with Lynn and get some autographs.  It,s gonna be a great night so come and join us.

for more information about Lynn Hill please visit:
http://www.lynnhillclimbing.com/
http://www.redpointcreative.com

for more information about the University of Pennsylvania Outing Club and our sponsors please visit:
University of Pennyslvania Outing Club - http://dolphin.upenn.edu/~upoc
Eastern Mountain Sports - http://www.ems.com
Philadelphia Rock Gym – http://www.philarockgym.com
La Sportiva - http://www.sportiva.com/


AND DON,T FORGET TO CHECK OUT THE BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL
http://www.banffcentre.ca/mountainculture/tour/
FRIDAY, MARCH 5 AND SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 2004 AT THE HARRISON AUDITORIUM OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA MUSEUM OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY
http://www.museum.upenn.edu/new/about/plan/planvisit.shtml
BROUGHT TO YOU BY PHILADELPHIA ROCK GYM
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