Date of birth: August 17th 1986 (age 29)
Residence:Squaw Valley, CA. USA
Height:5 ft 2 in (1.57 cm)
Profession: Rock Climber, Alpinist
Nick Name: Em
Hardest Redpoint: 5.14B
Hardest Onsight: 5.13C
Hardest Boulder Problem: V9
Hardest Traditional Climb: 5.13A
Hardest Mixed Climb: M9
Number of 5.14 Redpoints: 11
Number of First Female Ascents (5.13d or harder): 14
Summitted Mt. Everest & Mt. Blanc in 2011
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In the autumn of 2015, Emily Harrington, Adrian Ballinger, Hilaree O’Neill and Jim Morrison traveled to Nepal’s Himalaya to climb and ski Makalu, at 8462m the fifth highest mountain in the world. This was Harrington’s first attempt at an 8000er without supplementary oxygen - in 2012 she summited Everest with O2 - and this is her personal story of their very ambitious attempt of a feat to climb and ski from its summit which had never been achieved before. This is their story.
After six days and 40 pitches, on May 31, 2015, Emily Harrington topped out on El Capitan's "Golden Gate" Route 5.13. Harrington completed one of the more impressive free climbs in women's rock climbing history.
At the crux of “The Move,” which is the first 5.13 pitch on Golden Gate and a couple days into the climb. It requires a stressful few moves involving holding two tiny opposing holds and pulling out on them. The movement reminded me of trying to pull apart two elevator doors and took me several dozen tries to do successfully.
Emily Harrington has big goals for 2015 - from free climbing the "Golden Gate" 5.13 on El Capitan to summiting Makalu without oxygen.
" No matter what, don't give up and let yourself think you can't be strong again. You've been where you want to be before, and you can be there again - and be even better. All you have to do is put in the time and effort. In the end, it's all about wanting it. "
.Wacka Flocka 5.14b is Harrington's hardest route yet - she had 5o attempts on this route before finally sending it in October in Rifle, Colorado. It's a powerful and bouldery route, which she says isn't her style at all.
." I start obsessing over it. I'm thinking too much, and I'm caring too much. when in reality it's just a rock climb. Every time I project a route I get to the one hang phase and I start obsessing over it, and I get angry and I put a lot of pressure on myself and I have really high expectations. Finally I say " okay, I need to not care so much and once I reach that phase, generally I'm successful. "
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