Legendary competitive rock climber of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Her claim to fame was making the first free ascent of The Nose on Yosemite Valley's El Capitan.
A gymnast early in life, she nearly broke several weight lifting world records and also ran competitively.
In 2002, she penned the autobiography Climbing Free: My Life in the Vertical World.
She was married to Russ Raffa from 1988 to 1991. She then began a relationship with Brad Lynch in 2004.
Both she and Tommy Caldwell have free climbed Yosemite Valley's The Nose.