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Emily Harrington Climbs 41-Pitch El Cap 5.13 in a Day

The top American climber is one of only a few climbers to free El Cap in a day

Emily Harrington has climbed Golden Gate, a 41-pitch 5.13a on El Capitan, in a day. It took her 21 hours 13 minutes and 51 seconds and she was supported by Alex Honnold.

Golden Gate was first climbed free by German brothers Alexander and Thomas Huber in September 2000.

Harrington first climbed Golden Gate over six days in 2015 and made an attempt to climb it in a day in November 2019, but was injured in a fall. Hoping to climb it in 24 hours, she slipped and fell low down on the route while climbing with Honnold, luckily she escaped with minor injuries.

Golden Gate heads up the first 20 pitches of Salathé Wall. It’s followed by a 5.12c down-climb, the 5.13a pitch, the 5.12 Golden Desert pitch, the A5 traverse and the Razorblades pitch.

Harrington started up at 1:34 a.m. with Honnold belaying and following and soon met her partner Adrian Ballinger taking for the final pitches. Fellow climbers congratulated her on social meida, see some below and watch her in 2015 on Golden Gate.

Golden Gate