10-Year Old Girl Just Became Youngest Ever Climber to Scale 3,000-Foot Nose of El Capitan, CA

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The obligatory selfie at the top. Credit: Selah Schneiter

10-year-old Colorado native Selah Schneiter just became the youngest person to ever scale the 3,000-foot nose of iconic El Capitan at Yosemite National Park, CA.

Weighing just 55 pounds and standing four-foot-two, Schneiter completed the historic climb Wednesday evening around 6 pm after 5 grueling days of climbing with her father, Mike Schneiter, and his friend Mark Reiger, becoming the youngest documented climber to complete the ascent by nearly a full year. According to Outside Magazine, Scott Cory climbed the Nose twice in 2001, when he was 11, while Tori Allen climbed it when she was 13, also in 2001.

“I was scared just sometimes,” she said at the top, according to Outside. “I thought it was really fun.”

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Selah Schneiter on her climb of El Capitan. Credit: Mike Schneiter

Selah has been climbing for a few years now and even scaled Independence Monument, CO at age 7. Climbing runs in the family, as father Mike owns Glenwood Climbing Guides in Glenwood Springs, where he teaches sport climbing, vertical self-rescue, and ice climbing.

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