A 10-year-old girl is now the youngest person on record to climb to the top of El Capitan’s summit at Yosemite National Park, California. It is 3,000 feet. Selah Schneiter, from Glenwood Springs, Colarado achieved this admirable feat last week, reports Travel + Leisure.
Selah was accompanied by her father and family friend Mark Regier. They spent five days climbing to the top of El Capitan. Selah recounted the motto that kept her going, “Our big motto was ‘How do you eat an elephant?’ Small bites. One pitch at a time…one move at a time…one day at a time.”
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The trio journeyed up the 3,000-foot route that is called ‘The Nose.’ It is famous for its steep, difficult ascent. Coincidentally, Selah’s parents, Mike, a climbing instructor and Joy fell in love while climbing the mountain 15 years ago. Ever since they’ve made it an annual tradition to visit.
Selah was overjoyed with her achievement
Now that Selah has managed to climb El Capitan, she wants to bring her seven-year-old brother next year and help him do the same. Reaching the summit was an emotional moment for Selah. Mike said, “Once she topped out, she was the first one to go up to this tree, that is a symbolic thing for climbers, and she just broke down in tears. She said it was her first happy tears she’s ever had.”
The young girl worked very hard before she set out to scale El Capitan. She spent one whole year researching and training. Her father said, “It was her energy and her idea.” The 10-year-old wanted to inspire other children, especially girls, to go out and be active.
Selah broke the record of an 11-year-old named Scott Cory. Scott scaled El Capitan back in 2001 when he was only 11. No other child until Selah was able to break his record.