An eight-year-old boy has become the youngest person to summit El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, according to his father who made the journey with him.
CNN reported Sam Adventure Baker reached his goal on Friday and his dad shared about their climb on social media.
“We made it!” Joe Baker wrote, adding, “My wife accidentally brought up our double sleeping bag and so Sam wanted to end our adventure with a cuddle.”
“What an amazing week! I’m so proud of Sam. He completed the youngest rope ascent of ElCap! In a few years he might be be back breaking more records,” the post read:
Their climb began earlier this week with two other team members. However, rock climbing has been a huge part of their family life for many years and Sam “was in a harness before he could walk,” his father explained.
A photo showed the smiling father and son after accomplishing their goal:
“This is an epic adventure with my Dad,” Sam explained while hanging off the side of El Capitan. He later said from inside his tent, “We are up one-third of El Capitan.”
In his social media post, Sam’s father said they would hike down eight miles the following day.
He expected the child to cry throughout the climb because it was difficult and emotional, but “He has been so tough and worked through all of it.”
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