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Emily Harrington becomes fourth woman to free-climb El Capitan in one day

Last Wednesday, Emily Harrington faced El Capitan in Yosemite and by the end of the day, she became the fourth woman to ever free-climb the mountain.

Last Wednesday, Emily Harrington faced El Capitan in Yosemite and by the end of the day, she became the fourth woman to ever free-climb the mountain.

Harrington sets a record as the fourth woman to do it in less than 24 hours via the Golden Gate route. It took her 21 hours, 13 minutes, and 51 seconds. 

Tunnel View is a scenic overlook in Yosemite National Park.

Climbing El Cap in under 24 hours means scaling the treacherous 3,000-foot wall with incredible stamina. Harrington had attempted the feat once before, but a scary fall stopped her short of her goal. This time, she departed the floor of Yosemite Valley at 1:34 am on November 4 and arrived at the top at 10:30 pm. 

In an Instagram post following the climb Harrington wrote, “I didn’t have the skills, fitness, or risk profile to move so quickly over such a large piece of stone. But I chose it exactly for that reason. Impossible dreams challenge us to rise above who we are now to see if we can become better versions of ourselves.”

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