As a former and now armchair rock climber, I could not put this book down. It put me right back on the rock and I enjoyed every harrowing minute of it! Lynn Hill does a great job of weaving in simple descriptions of rock climbing gear and technique that will not bore experienced climbers yet are very informative to beginners or people who haven't climbed at all. I feel like I could lead a pitch after reading about her early exploits in Yosemite and J-Tree. For avid climbers, Hill's vignettes reveal beta on some of the world's most difficult climbs, from the famous to the obscure. Her courage, commitment and achievements are empowering and I have thought of her many times as I have taken on difficult tasks in every day life. I also enjoyed her personal reflections on what it takes to be a great athlete, what she loves about climbing, and drawing limits to minimize the danger of the sport. The book often focuses on the stories of other climbers and climbing history as well, and recommends many other climbing books for further reading. All in all, a true inspiration.