Selah Schneiter, a 10-year-old from Colorado, just climbed one of the most challenging peaks in the world.
A 10-year-old Coloradan girl scaled El Capitan, Yosemite National Park's peak, and may have become the youngest person to reach the top of one of the most challenging peaks in the world. Selah Schneiter, a resident of Glenwood Springs, CO, completed the 3,000-foot climb of the vertical rock formation along with her father, Mike Schneiter, and family friend, Mark Regier.
The group spent five days climbing the best-known route to El Capitan called the Nose. They reached the summit on June 12. It typically takes experienced climbers between four to five days to complete the challenging climb.
During phone interviews for media outlets, Selah said reaching the top "was really overwhelming and emotional," but at the same time she "was also kind of sad because it was over."
Selah is not the first pre-teen who has reached the summit of El Capitan. Scott Cory, then 11 years old, climbed the nose twice in 2011. In that same year, Tori Allen, 13 at the time, also completed the climb. It is possible Selah is the youngest person to-date to climb El Capitan.
Unfortunately, Yosemite spokesman Scott Gediman said the park doesn't keep such records.
Selah comes from a family of climbers. If they are going on vacation, they make sure to pick a place where there is rock climbing. They are that dedicated. The oldest of four children, she has been climbing ever since she can remember. She had been eager to climb El Capitan for years and trained for nine months to prepare physically for the challenge.
The trio's biggest fear for the climb was to encounter a big storm that would give them no choice but to head back down. But thankfully, it did not rain on their parade and Selah can now claim an accomplishment that few people in the world can.
Her father could not have been happier for her success. In an interview with USA Today, he stated, "I was so proud of her. It was a combination of a lot of feelings because it was a project that had been formed in our minds for a few years."
Congratulations, Selah! That's an astounding accomplishment.