Emily Harrington made international news when she became the first woman to climb El Capitan’s Golden Gate route in one day. The Tahoe local was the fourth person ever to accomplish the feat and has enjoyed plenty of media attention ever since.
Following weeks of media coverage, Harrington went on the world’s most famous podcast to discuss her ascent of El Capitan, climbing with Alex Honnold and her brutal falls while rock climbing.
You can see the whole episode below, or you can listen to it here.
Harrington’s El Capitan climb was assisted by her boyfriend Adrian Ballinger, a renowned Mount Everest guide, and Alex Honnold, the famed star of Emmy-winning documentary â€œFree Solo.â€ During the climb, she faced adversity when her foot slipped and she fell sideways on a wall, causing blood stream down her face mid-climb. After taking an hour rest on the wall, she overcame her injury to continue to the top. She eventually accomplished the historic ascent in 21 hours, 13 minutes and 51 seconds.
Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Harrington now lives in Squaw Valley, California where she trains at a local gym while practicing at local Northern California climbing destinations. She spends here free time rounding out her outdoor athletic ability by running and skiing near Lake Tahoe.