Emily Harrington // Rock Climber + MOUNTAINEER

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Emily Harrington


Emily Harrington is a professional rock climber and adventurer who has been a prominent and leading figure in the climbing community since she was a teenager. Her early years were defined by her successes on the USA Climbing Team on the national and world competition circuit, including 5 US National Sport Climbing Championships and 2 North American Championships. Emily’s true passion lies with outdoor climbing and exploring the mountains. Since shifting her focus from competition, Emily has established numerous first female ascents of 5.14 sport routes, summited Everest, and has been on expeditions all over the world attempting big wall free climbs and high altitude peaks in Nepal, China, Myanmar, Crimea, and Morocco.

Emily currently resides in Squaw Valley, California where she trains for climbing and has fallen in love with skiing. 


  • Free Ascent of ‘Golden Gate’ (40 pitches 5.13b, IV) on El Capitan, Yosemite
  • 5 x US National Champion
  • 2 x North American Champion
  • 2nd Place IFSC World Championships 2005
  • 14 first female ascents of 5.13D and harder
  • Hardest sport climbing redpoint: 5.14B
  • Hardest sport climbing onsight: 5.13C
  • Summited Mt Everest and Mt Blanc in 2012, Ama Dablam in 2013
  • Alpine-style attempt on unclimbed West Ridge on Hkakabo Razi (19,000ft) in Myanmar (turned back at 18,100ft)
  • Ski descent and no oxygen attempt on Makalu (27,825′) in Nepal - reached 25,000ft, skied from 22,500ft

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Free climbing El Cap is the very definition of hard climbing.

Watch Emily's send of Golden Gate


Success is this traditional sense of accomplishment that we all have, but I think some of the biggest things we learn in life come out of failure.

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