6 Year-Old Sends Yosemite’s Lost Arrow Spire
The Spire. Photo credit: GrippedOn July 21 and 22, 6-year-old, Samuel and his father, Joe Baker sent Yosemite’s iconic Lost Arrow Spire. Sam and his dad opted to climb “The Tip”, a 5.7 C2 route that is described on Mountain Project as having “Tremendous exposure”.
The pair took two days to send the route and spent a cold blustery night in a portaledge 2700 feet above the valley floor. During the day, they endured 100+ degree heat.
Small boy, big wall. Photo credit: Joe BakerSam is one of the youngest to ever summit the Lost Arrow Spire. His name will go down in the history books of Yosemite climbing next to the likes of Tommy Caldwell, who also climbed the route when he was 6 years old. While the ascent is certainly an impressive feat, this isn’t Sam’s first time climbing big walls. Last year, Samuel and his dad climbed the 11,000-foot Pingora Peak in the Wind River Range of Wyoming.
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