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My latest in @outsidemagazine. Link in profile. A 9-Year-Old Climbed El Capitan . Pearl Johnson is now the youngest person to ascend the 3,000-foot rock face Photos: Janet Johnson #bigwalls #yosemitebigwalls #elcap #elcapitan #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #climbing #outside
Not all kids are obsessed with Fornite and Tik Tok. Nine-year-old Pearl Johnson likes to climb, particularly El Capitan, and this September she became the youngest person to scale the granite monolith. The climb up the Triple Direct route took her four days and three nights, and she was joined by her mother and a family friend. She’s joins the ranks of young gals who have set their sights on the Yosemite’s pinnacle climb—for example, 10-year-old Selah Schneiter, who climbed the Nose in June.
Originally Pearl hoped to climb the Nose, but it was too busy. They pivoted their plans instead to climb the Triple Direct route. The young climber is no stranger to Yosemite; both her parents, Janet and Philip, are locals who have spent decades climbing in the park. Alex Honnold was even her neighbor when he was filming Free Solo. At times Pearl was nervous, but she was determined to make it to the top. The last day of climbing was by far the most challenging: a hail storm moved in, forcing the team to climb in frigid temperatures. Despite being scared and cold, Pearl persevered to finish the route.
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