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Emily Harrington

Emily Harrington

Rock Climber. Alpinist. One of only four women to Free Climb El Capitan in one day.


Emily Harrington is a professional rock climber and adventurer who has been a prominent and leading figure in the climbing community since she was a teenager. Her early years were defined by her successes on the USA Climbing Team on the national and world competition circuit, including 5 US National Sport Climbing Championships and 2 North American Championships. Emily’s true passion lies with outdoor climbing and exploring the mountains. Since shifting her focus from competition, Emily has established numerous first female ascents of 5.14 sport routes, summited Everest, and has been on expeditions all over the world attempting big wall free climbs and high altitude peaks in Nepal, China, Myanmar, Crimea, and Morocco.

In 2020, Emily achieved a lifelong dream and a career milestone, becoming just the fourth woman ever to free-climb El Capitan in a day, and the first to do so on the famed Golden Gate route.

As a speaker, Emily offers a candid perspective on how she’s evolved as a world-class athlete and as a person, often leaning into her experience as a female athlete and how she’s overcome doubts and fears. She’s lent her experience and perspective to the NYTimes, TedX stages, and a variety of different business audiences.