Emily Harrington Free-Climbs Yosemite's El Capitan In 1 Day She made her way into the record books last week after becoming the first woman to climb the Golden Gate route of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park in a little over 21 hours.
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Emily Harrington Is 1st Woman To Free-Climb El Capitan's Golden Gate Route In 1 Day

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Emily Harrington Is 1st Woman To Free-Climb El Capitan's Golden Gate Route In 1 Day

Emily Harrington Is 1st Woman To Free-Climb El Capitan's Golden Gate Route In 1 Day

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Thirty-four-year-old rock climber Emily Harrington has made history on Yosemite's El Capitan.

EMILY HARRINGTON: It is a 3,200-foot-tall granite cliff. It is one of the most iconic and historic and difficult rock climbing venues in the world.

GREENE: That's Harrington describing the peak. She became the first woman to free-climb one particular path up it in less than one day.

NOEL KING, HOST:

Free-climbing means that she used ropes in case she fell but not to help her in getting up the mountain. It took her 21 hours and 13 minutes. This was her fourth try. And she says, this time, everything just kind of came together.

HARRINGTON: I had a mantra the day I was climbing. That mantra was slow is smooth, smooth is fast.

GREENE: Now, this climb was not without its rough patches.

HARRINGTON: I was really high up on the wall. And I was climbing it in the sun, which climbing in the sun is pretty hard. The sun heats up the rock. It heats up your skin. It makes you sweaty. It takes away a lot of the friction. And I slipped at one point and I took kind of a bad fall.

GREENE: Harrington's safety rope did catch her, though, but she slammed her forehead into the rock. Blood started trickling down her face. But after a first aid check, she climbed on.

KING: Climbed on right to the top where her friends and fiance were waiting.

HARRINGTON: I drank a little bit of champagne at the top. I called my parents. We walked back down, ate an ice cream sandwich for dinner, and then I went to bed (laughter).

KING: Champagne, ice cream and sleep - Emily, dudette (ph), you deserve it.

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