A 10-year-old girl scaled Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan, making her possibly the youngest person to climb the giant granite monolith that is one of the most celebrated and challenging peaks in the world.
Selah Schneiter from Glenwood Springs, Colorado, made the 3,000-foot climb of the vertical rock formation with her father, Mike Schneiter, and a close family friend, Mark Regier.
Typically, it takes experienced climbers three days to reach the summit, which is known as the Nose. Selah, her father, and family friend took five days.
In a video recorded by her father, when they reached the top, an overwhelmed and emotional Selah said, “I just can’t believe I did that.” She felt “also kind of sad because it was over.”
For father and daughter, what also made the trip extraordinary was the time they spent together, resting on ledges to relax, talking about life and the world, according to a CBS Sacramento report.
The young climber celebrated her success in a typical way—by having pizza with her dad.
Selah comes from a family of accomplished climbers. Her father is a climbing guide and part-time schoolteacher. Incidentally, her father and mother fell in love 15 years ago, while they were scaling the El Capitan together.
Selah, the eldest of four children has been climbing ever since she can remember. For years, she has been pestering her parents to let her climb EI Capitan. Her dream came true when her parents finally consented.
The determined girl prepared herself physically and mentally for nine months before making the climb to the top.
According to Outside Magazine, a couple of other children had scaled EL Capitan. In 2001, Scott Cory reached the Nose twice in 2001, when he was 11 years old. That same year, 13-year-old Tori Allen reached the peak as well.
Yosemite National Park spokesperson Scott Gediman said that the park does not keep records on the climbers.