A barefoot woman scaled the face of Mount Rushmore, officials say. She almost made it to the top.
|National Post 17 Jul 2019 at 12:12|
She clung to the sheer rock face barefoot with no safety ropes or climbing gear in sight. To her left, the enormous stone head of George Washington protruded from the side of the granite mountain. An equally impressive likeness of Thomas Jefferson boxed her in from the right. About 15 feet above her was the top of Mount Rushmore.
National Park Service officials said it was at this point that Alexandria Incontro finally stopped climbing last Friday when she illegally scaled the historic sculpture while visiting the monument in South Dakota with her family, according to federal court documents.
On Monday, the 30-year-old from Omaha, Nebraska, pleaded guilty to climbing Mount Rushmore, records said. She was fined $1,000 and given a $30 fee.
“Ms. Incontro seemed like a nice person who was ‘having a day’ as it were,” her lawyer, Thomas Harmon, told The Washington Post in an email late Tuesday.