Emily Harrington is a professional rock climber and adventurer who has been a prominent and leading figure in the climbing community since she was a teenager. 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 National Champion, a two-time North American Champion, and has placed podium in World Cups. But 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. She's reached the most elite levels in the gymnastic and physical discipline of sport climbing, free climbed 2500 foot big walls in remote corners of the world, won ice climbing competitions, and summited 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 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.