“The climb went smoothly until she attempted a difficult pitch in the sun around noon on Wednesday. Her fingers were so slick with sweat that she slipped off, she said, so she rested for 30 minutes and tried again. She slipped off again, this time smacking her head against the wall as she swung on the rope. Suddenly, she said, there was ‘blood everywhere, spewing out from my head.'” Emily Harrington’s quest to become the first woman to free-climb the Golden Gate route up El Capitan in under 24 hours set off on election night. Through that lens, she had a less stressful night that most of us. NYT: A Record-Setting Ascent of El Capitan.