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10-year-old climbs Yosemite’s El Capitan

MARIPOSA, Calif. — Few adults can say they’ve successfully scaled Yosemite National Park’s famous El Capitan in California.

That’s why it’s even more impressive that a 10-year-old from Colorado just did it.

Selah Schneiter may have just become the youngest person in history to climb the park’s 3,000-foot-high rock formation, reaching the summit on June 12, 2019.

Aided by her father and a family friend, the trio spent five days in Yosemite Valley using a rope climbing technique known as jumaring to tackle a famously steep route known as the Nose.

“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,” Schneiter told CNN affiliate KFSN in Fresno.

Many experienced climbers consider the Nose to be the most iconic big-wall climb in the world.

Schneiter comes from a family of hikers who developed a special connection to Yosemite’s trails. Her father, Mike, is a climbing instructor, and claims to have fallen in love with Schneiter’s mother, Joy, while hiking in Yosemite years prior.

Schneiter’s father posted about the accomplishment on his company’s Instagram account, garnering hundreds of likes and comments applauding his daughter’s singular accomplishments.

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