33-year-old climber Emily Harrington came away with mostly bruises and abrasions Sunday after an apparently dramatic fall while trying to scale El Capitan at Yosemite National Park.
Posting to Instagram on Monday, Harrington documented her injuries and explained that she was helped out and rescued with the help of several fellow climbers including Alex Honnold, the star of the 2018 documentary Free Solo about his successful free solo climb up El Capitan.
"I had an accident yesterday on El Cap. I'm banged up but gonna be OK thankfully," Harrington wrote. "Not much to say except I took a bad fall and pin balled a bit then somehow hit the rope with my neck."
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I had an accident yesterday on El Cap. I’m banged up but gonna be ok thankfully. Not much to say except I took a bad fall and pin balled a bit then somehow hit the rope w my neck - 🤷🏼♀️🤦🏼♀️ All I know is that I am extremely grateful to have had @adrianballinger @alexhonnold @jonglassberg @sannimccandless @tarakerzhner and YOSAR of course there to get me out and help me through ❤️ // thanks everyone who sent kind messages and thoughts - feeling so supported and loved 💕 // 📸 portrait by @tarakerzhner + neck selfie
Harrington herself is a veteran free solo climber, and she free-climbed the challenging Golden Gate route on El Capitan in 2015, as CNN reports. According to Gripped, Harrington has lately been training to free-climb the Golden Gate route to the summit, solo, in a single day.
The 3,200-foot cliff face has long been a popular destination for climbers, and Harrington noted that other big mountain climbers Adrian Ballinger, Jon Glassberg, Sanni McCandless, and filmmaker/photographer Tara Kerzhner were also there supporting her when she fell.
In September, a 29-year-old woman who was a tourist and not a mountain climber, fell to her death scaling Half Dome, the sloping portion of the granite mountain on the opposite side of El Capitan.