Emily Sends golden gate

The list of Emily Harrington’s climbing achievements is long, but her latest project on the granite walls of Yosemite’s El Capitan may take the top spot. For six days this spring, Emily free-climbed—using ropes only to catch falls—up 40 pitches of El Capitan’s Golden Gate route before reaching the top on May 31. With the support of her boyfriend and mountain guide Adrian Balligner, Emily completed one of the more impressive free climbs in women’s rock climbing history.