As the mountain peaks have gotten higher, and the inclines have gotten steeper, Sam’s interest and abilities have grown by well-secured leaps and bounds. His little-boy body pushes and pulls ever higher, reaching summits well beyond his years, where Joe finds he is always eager for more. Last summer, Sam took on Lost Arrow Spire, a spectacular, master-climbers-only, three pitch climb that starts 2,500 feet above Yosemite Valley in California.
When he was finished and standing on top, he was one of the youngest in history to do it. The only other six year old that we know of was Tommy Caldwell, a world class professional climber who put up the most difficult climb in the world just a few years ago. But Sam wasn’t impressed with all that. He just wanted to know what climb was next and spend some more days in the sun with his dad.
And so, seeing Sam stepping into his given middle name, Adventure, Joe has upped the ante, picking Washington Column for their next challenge, an 1800 foot rock wall in Yosemite. It’s a route that regularly hosts some of the best climbers in the world, sure to make Sam and Joe—a six year old and a dad with a gut—an anomaly. But they are both training for it every day. When completed, Sam will again make history. He will be the youngest person in history to climb it, at just six years old.