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Thanks to Hollywood and Invisible Children’s viral KONY2012 campaign, most Americans associate child soldiers with African dictatorships or Middle Eastern terrorists. But the reality is the problem is much closer to home. Head to Mexico and you’ll soon discover that over 30,000 of that nation’s youth have been coerced into working as child soldiers for the various drug cartels.

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Six Things We Learned From Rock Climbing Legend Lynn Hill

Six life lessons from legendary rock climber Lynn Hill.

Before the masses even knew about the world of rock climbing, Patagonia ambassador Lynn Hill was a pioneer. She revolutionized the way people ascended mountains, and the notion of who could go up them, demanding equal pay and treatment for females in the field. With a background in gymnastics, her graceful style is that of a dancer gliding up surfaces unthinkable by men and women alike.
In 1993, she was the first to free climb The Nose on El Capitan, Yosemite, California—one of the most important achievements ever in the sport. The next year she followed up that feat by climbing it again—in less than 24 hours. At 52, she’s considered one of the best climbers of all time, she's still inspiring us to tackle any challenge, vertically or otherwise. Below are the six life lessons we learned from the avid adventurer.

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