First woman completes free-climb of Golden Gate route up El Capitan

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The El Capitan monolith in the Yosemite National Park in California on June 4, 2015. It is one of America’s most popular natural wonders. (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — Rock climber Emily Harrington has become the first woman, and fourth person, to free-climb the Golden Gate route on Yosemite National Park’s granite wall in a single day.

The 34-year-old began to scale 3,000-foot El Capitan early Wednesday.

The San Francisco Chronicle says Harrington reached the top in 21 hours, 13 minutes and 51 seconds, despite banging her head on the granite wall at one point.

Free climbers don’t use ropes to ascend, only to catch them if they fall.

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