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Emily Harrington sufre un accidente en El Capitan

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Emily Harrington en el hospital tras sufrir un accidente en El Capitan
Emily Harrington en el hospital tras sufrir una caída en El Capitan. Foto / Tara Kerzhner

Emily Harrington ha sufrido un accidente sin consecuencias graves en El Capitan, en Yosemite. «Estoy magullada pero va a ir bien afortunadamente. No hay mucho que decir excepto que tuve una mala caída, saltó un clavo y entonces, no sé cómo, la cuerda golpeó mi cuello», ha comentado la escaladora norteamericana en su perfil de Instagram.

Harrington se encontraba escalando la vía Golden Gate 5.13b (8a). Su objetivo era escalarla en libre y en el día, un reto que ya había intentado a principios de noviembre, cuando la apoyó Alex Honnold como compañero de cordada.

Golden Gate no es una desconocida para Harrington… En 2015 superó los 41 largos, que incluyen el temido Monster Offwidth, en libre, después de pasar seis días en la pared. Emily escaló todos los largos de primera, con su compañero Adrian Ballinger al otro lado de la cuerda. Los hermanos Alexander y Thomas Huber liberaron la vía por primera vez en el año 2000 y la primera ascensión femenina llegó de la mano de Hazel Findlay.

En la segunda fotografía que Emily Harrington ha publicado en su cuenta de Instagram puede verse la herida que le ha provocado el golpe con la cuerda. La estadounidense ha agradecido todos los mensajes de apoyo que está recibiendo y ha dado las gracias en especial a: su pareja Adrian Ballinger, Alex Honnold, Jon Glassberg, Sanni McCandless, Tara Kerznher y al YOSAR (Yosemite Search and Rescue) por el rescate.

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We reached the base of the Monster Offwidth in a little less than 4 hours after leaving the ground. It was the fastest I’d climbed the bottom of El Capitan – with the golden ticket of a partner @alexhonnold simuling/jugging behind me. It felt pretty amazing to cover so much rock so quickly. After the powerful downclimb I lurched into the offwidth, shimying my body upward in the nausea-inducing way wide climbing provides. Although now I have a cheeky system that helps me squeak through this pitch w less drama and blood than before. After the downclimb I scrape my way up 15ft to a no hands pedestal and sit. I tag across a right approach shoe (@lasportivana TX4) and a #6 Camelot. I switch my right TC pro for the TX4 and now with a slightly larger more comfy right foot I am able to cam and heel-toe, a much more effective method than my prior reverse cheese grater strategy. Yesterday it felt easy. I was moving upward at a slow but consistent pace. Even the #6 – which is usually annoying to push above my head – was sliding smoothly and not snagging like usual. The 6 is the only protection you get on the Monster, aside from a cam at the start and a bolt about 30ft up. Then it’s around 80ft of shuffling that 6 above your head until it’s too tight and you have to leave it behind for the last 20ft. It came time to leave the 6 and I cautiously moved out a bit to get around it when I glanced down and realized that it wasn’t clipped to anything. I had pushed the cam up the entire Monster without actually clipping into it. I lol’ed at the horror of taking a 100+ft whipper and understood immediately why it was so easy to push up. My day did not end with a send of Golden Gate in a day, but I was damn close and I made it a lot further than I expected. I feel really lucky and grateful that I have the opportunity to put everything I have (time, energy, passion) into such a big project, that I have so much support from partners, friends, and sponsors; and that the Monster Offwidth is no longer my biggest fear on El Cap. Maybe I should just ditch that #6 all together next time? 📸 @austin_siadak of me entering the Monster at sunrise // @thenorthface_climb // @petzl_official

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