Selah Schneiter is no stranger to rock climbing. She first touched a boulder at 3-days-old, and has been climbing for years with her dad, who runs a climbing guide company in Colorado. Now, she’s added climbing the 3,000-face of El Capitan’s “The Nose” to her resume, and she’s only 10-years-old.
The young Schneiter’s ascent of the famous granite face makes her the youngest person to topple the peak and a strong reminder of the power of hard work and dedication. She climbed the massive peak with the supervision of her father, Mike Schneiter, and family friend Mark Regier.
â€œIt was all hard.” Selah told The Fresno Bee. “There were a few times where I would be sore and tired and sunburned, and that would kind of get me going a little bonkers. But overall, it was just great to be up there away from the world.â€
The entire journey took five days to complete, stopping frequently to gaze upon the amazing Yosemite views and fueling up on pizza. In the face of a massive rock wall and thousands of feet between her and the ground, Selah used her experience on El Capitan to stay calm and push through.
â€œI was scared just sometimes,â€ Selah told Outside magazineâ€™s Chris Van Leuven at the top. â€œI thought it was really fun.â€
The family has a history of of hanging out on El Capitan. In fact, Selah’s parents, Mike and Joy Schneiter, met on the famous peak in 2001. Today, the rock wall remains a monument to a family of adventurers.
The former record holder for youngest climber on El Capitan was 11-year-old Scott Cory, who summited the peak in 2001.