YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (CBS SF/CNN) — Veteran climber Emily Harrington was recovering Tuesday from a frightening fall from Yosemite National Park’s famous El Capitan peak.
The 33-year-old Harrington, who is a five-time US sport climbing champion, posted photos on Instagram from her hospital bed with her face bruised and with cuts and an ugly scar on her neck from her climbing rope.
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She was trying to scale a route on the famous 3,200-foot granite monolith when she fell and “pin balled” on her rope.
Fortunately, Harrington was rescued by a number of fellow climbers including Adrian Ballinger and Alex Honnold, the first person to climb El Capitan without a safety rope and the subject of the 2018 documentary “Free Solo.”
“I had an accident yesterday on El Cap. I’m banged up but gonna be OK thankfully,” Harrington posted on Instagram. “Not much to say except I took a bad fall and pin balled a bit then somehow hit the rope with my neck.”
It wasn’t the veteran climber’s first time climbing El Capitan, but it’s a failed ascent she’ll never forget. She had free climbed the difficult Golden Gate route on El Capitan in 2015, supported by Ballinger.READ MORE: New Facebook Whistleblower Says Executives Shrugged as Algorithm Stoked Hate, Misinformation
As well as scaling Himalayan giants Mount Everest, Ama Dablam and Cho Oyu, Harrington has recently has been trying to free climb Golden Gate from the base to the summit in a single day, according to Gripped.com.
Honnold’s famous climb on El Capitan has since been immortalized in the BAFTA-winning National Geographic documentary “Free Solo,” which won Best Documentary at this year’s Oscars.
El Capitan stands almost 500 feet taller than the Burj Khalifa — the world’s tallest building. For Honnold’s feat, a fall would have meant almost certain death.
“When I know what I’m doing and I’m climbing well, then it feels meditative, kind of relaxing and beautiful,” Honnold told CNN Sport in February.
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