El Capitan - the climbing mecca for all rock climbers. It is known as the home of rock climbing, and has seen some of the biggest names in history take on its vertical walls. Following Alex Honnolds feat of 'Free Solo' it seemed like there couldn't be many more surprises to come from the Yosemite valley. That was until ten-year-old Selah Schneiter turned up.
Selah became the youngest person in recorded history to climb the Nose of El Capitan - possibly the most famous rock climbing route in the world, spanning 3000 feet of rock, across 31 pitches of a wall that was once considered impossible to climb.
She spent five days on the big-wall with her father, Mike, and his friend Mark Regier and on June 12th the trio topped out the climb and Selah became a name for the history books. The Nose is a tough mixed climb, a blend of both bolted and trad climbing sections, and strikes both fear and excitement in most climbers at the very thought.
"She's still learning to trad climb," Selah's mother commented after the ascent. "But she's been picking up big wall skills for a while now."
Selah has grown up surrounded by rock climbing. Living in Colorado, and her father owning Glenwood Climbing Guides, it was inevitable that she was going to do great things. For now Selah is back to school, but watch out for the name in the coming months and years, we suspect she has a lot more to show us. All the best Selah!
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