A top rock climber is thankful to be alive after falling from El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. "I took a bad fall and pin balled a bit then somehow hit the rope [with] my neck," Emily Harrington wrote Monday on Instagram, sharing a photo of her resting in a hospital bed with a nasty rope burn wrapping around her neck. The five-time US sport climbing champion free-climbed El Capitan's Golden Gate route in 2015, but she'd been pushing to do the same in a single day, per CNN.
The outlet notes Alex Honnold—the first person to climb the 3,200-foot monolith without a safety rope, as shown in the 2018 Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo—was among those to rescue Harrington. "I'm banged up but gonna be OK thankfully," the 33-year-old wrote. Weeks earlier, she described her progress on El Capitan as "slow and steady (and still a bit bloody)," per the Blast. (El Capitan claimed two lives last year.)