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10-year-old girl becomes youngest ever to climb iconic nose of El Capitan

Josh Carney
jcarney@postindependent.com
Selah Schneiter on her climb of El Capitan.
Provided / Mike Schneiter

Following a grueling five-day push, 10-year-old Selah Schneiter became the youngest to ever scale the 3,000-foot nose of the iconic El Capitan at Yosemite National Park.

Schneiter, a native of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, completed the historic climb Wednesday, June 12, around 6 p.m. after five days of climbing with her father, Mike Schneiter, and his friend Mark Reiger.

In doing so, she became the youngest documented climber to complete the ascent by nearly a full year. According to Outside Magazine, Scott Cory climbed the Nose twice in 2001, when he was 11, while Tori Allen climbed it when she was 13, also in 2001.


Selah has been climbing for a few years now and even scaled Independence Monument at age 7. Climbing is a staple for the family, as Mike owns Glenwood Climbing Guides in Glenwood Springs, where he teaches sport climbing, vertical self-rescue, and ice climbing.

Mike also is the former Cross Country coach for Glenwood Springs High School. Selah’s mother, Joy, is a registered nurse at Glenwood Medical Associates, and fell in love with Mike while climbing El Capitan in 2001.

Josh Carney is the sports editor at the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, a daily newspaper owned by Swift Communications, the Tribune’s parent company.