Age: 27
Current Residence: Squaw Valley, California

Climbing Since: 1997

Born and raised in Boulder, CO, Emily Harrington has been climbing for most of her life and boasts an impressive list of achievements to show for it.

Her early years were defined by her successes on the USA Climbing Team on the National and world competition circuit. She’s a five-time Sport Climbing National Champion, a two-time Sport Climbing North American Champion, has placed podium in World Cups, and finished second at the Sport Climbing World Championships in 2005.

Despite her roots as a competition climber,her true passion lies with outdoor climbing and exploring the mountains. She’s excelled at nearly every aspect of the incredibly specialized disciplines of climbing.  Recently, she claimed first female ascents of several 5.14 sport climbs, climbed multi-pitch big walls in Morocco and the Ukraine, won the Ouray ice climbing competition, and summitted the world’s tallest peaks in the Himalaya (including Mount Everest in 2012).

Emily has been a member of The North Face Global Team for 6 years and has traveled extensively on expeditions throughout the world. Her adventures have recently been featured in National Geographic, on 60 Minutes Australia, and in 2013’s Reel Rock Film Tour. She is a talented and passionate speaker and writer and has spoken at National Geographic LIVE, Powder Mountain’s “Summit Series” event, and The North Face Speaker Series. Her writing has been published on the National Geographic Adventure blog, Women’s Adventure Magazine, Rock&Ice Magazine, Urban Climber, and The North Face blog.

Emily is sponsored by The North Face, Petzl, and La Sportiva and works closely as an ambassador for organizations that represent causes she believes in – climate awareness, outdoor education, and inspiring youth to get outside. She speaks at high schools around the country on behalf of Protect Our Winters, teaches Nepali Sherpa climbing skills at the Khumbu Climber Center in the Nepali Himalaya, is an ambassador for the Access Fund and American Alpine Club, and volunteers at Outdoor Nation events across the country. She currently resides in Squaw Valley, California; where she trains for climbing and has fallen in love with skiing, her second passion.

Career Highlights:

Sport Climbing National Champion (’03,’04,’05,’06,’08,’09)
Sport Climbing North American Champion (’04, ’06)
2nd Place World Championsips 2005
Serre Chevalier Masters Champion 2006
3rd Place IFSC World Cup Zurich 2007
1st Place Ouray Ice Festival 2012 (women’s category)
Summitted Mt. Everest in May 2012 with The North Face Team as part of the Everest Education Expedition
Summitted Ama Dablam (22,500ft) in November 2013 with Alpenglow Expeditions

Outdoor Climbing:

Hardest Redpoint:  5.14b
Hardest Onsight: 5.13c
Hardest Boulder problem: V9
Hardest Traditional climb: 5.13a
Hardest Mixed climb: M9


Featured segment 2013 Reel Rock Tour (“Spice Girl”) [Film]
Featured segment 60 Minutes Australia (April 2013) [Film]
Speaker at National Geographic LIVE “Call of Everest” event (May 2013)
Contributing writer in National Geographic’s “Call of Everest” book (2013)
Keynote Speaker at the International Lander Climbers’ Festival 2013
Presenter at Powder Mountain’s Summit Series Adventure Weekend 2013
Presenter for The North Face Speaker Series 2012&2013 (nationwide)
Khumbu Climbing Center Instructor (Phortse, Nepal) January 2011
American Alpine Club Ambassador and blog contributor 2011-Present
Rifle Climber’s Coalition Board Member 2010-2012
Access Fund National Ambassador 2003-Present
Outdoor Nation Ambassador 2010- Present
USA Climbing Board Member Athlete Representative 2008-2012
Lead Discipline Delegate on IFSC Athlete Commission 2007-2009
2006 Outdoor Idol Award Winner
2006 Everest Award Winner: Female Climber of the Year
USA Athlete Representative at 2006 Winter Olympic Games Torino, Italy


National Geographic, Outside Magazine, Rock&Ice, Climbing, Women’s Adventure Magazine, Urban Climber

Other Links:

Sport Climbing Ascents



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