“Free Solo” star Alex Honnold is being hailed a hero for his vital role in saving a world-renowned climber who took a nasty fall on Yosemite’s deadly El Capitan on Sunday. The New York Post reports 33 year old Emily Harrington “took a bad fall” during her latest attempt on the 3,200ft granite wall. Harrington described the fall like this:
“I had an accident yesterday on El Cap. I’m banged up but gonna be ok thankfully. Not much to say except I took a bad fall and pin balled a bit then somehow hit the rope with my neck.”
Her climbing partners feared she suffered serious spinal injuries. Her boyfriend described Alex Honnold’s presence during the incident as “the best case scenario of the worst case scenario.” Honnold calmly maintained spinal immobilization on the wall, prepped for an evac, and kept Emily busy telling stories and keeping her talking throughout. Harrington is recovering in the hospital with facial injuries and a severe rope burn across her neck.
Cheers to Alex for being the right person in the right place at the right time. Couldn’t imagine a better person on the planet to keep calm and do what needs to be done in a situation like this. Hats off.
Here is the text from an instagram post Emily’s boyfriend, Adrian Ballinger: