“Baker and his wife Ann spent the last nine months preparing Sam for the route. Joe Baker started climbing at age 9 and has decades of experience. Training at home to maintain social distance due to the pandemic, Sam practiced ascending a rope by going up a line to the second-story deck at his house. Once on top, he’d climb over the railing, run down the stairs and do it again. He repeated this 30 times a day. His dad once set up a portaledge on the retaining wall outside the house so the two could sleep out for the night.” 6-Year-Old Climber Ascends Yosemite’s Iconic Lost Arrow Spire, Flies Kite. (I got my son to walk around the block with me and my beagles and I felt like a hero…)