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Top mom! Daredevil’s mother conquers a 3,200-foot rock in Yosemite National Park when she turns 70

A splinter from the old block! Mother of the daredevil who climbed the Captain without ropes also conquers the top when he turns 70

  • Dierdre Wolownick, 70, celebrated his birthday by climbing a 3200-foot deadly rock
  • She is now the oldest woman to climb El Capitan Rock in Yosemite National Park.
  • His son Alex was the first person to board him without ropes or safety equipment.


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Hopefully the mother of a reckless climber is afraid of her exploits.

But not Dierdre Wolownick, who was instead inspired to scale a deadly 3,200-foot (975 m) rock face on his 70th birthday.

She is now the oldest woman to climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. It has claimed more than 30 lives since 1905.

Dierdre Wolownick, 70, is now the oldest woman to climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.

Dierdre Wolownick, 70, is now the oldest woman to climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.

Mrs. Wolownick with her son Her son, Alex Honnold, who was the first person to tackle the rock face without ropes or safety equipment

Mrs. Wolownick with her son Her son, Alex Honnold, who was the first person to tackle the rock face without ropes or safety equipment

Mrs. Wolownick with her son Her son, Alex Honnold, who was the first person to tackle the rock face without ropes or safety equipment

The west face of El Capitan, a deadly rock that has claimed more than 30 lives since 1905

The west face of El Capitan, a deadly rock that has claimed more than 30 lives since 1905

The west face of El Capitan, a deadly rock that has claimed more than 30 lives since 1905

His son, Alex Honnold, 36, was the first person to board the rock face without ropes or safety gear, as seen in the 2018 Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo.

The American mother and son also climbed ‘El Cap’ together in 2017 after she started climbing at 58 years old.

She said: ‘I was just a lumpy middle-aged woman completely absorbed in jobs and chores. Climbing was like a key to open this door of a lifetime. ”

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