Good sports: father and son use rock climbing to help foster children


FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) – At the age of seven, Sam Baker has done and seen things most of us dare not dream of.

He has been rock climbing with his father since before he could walk.

“We started taking Sam to the rock gym whenever we could and put a harness on him. He’s got a lot of talent, he’s really good at it,” said his dad, Joe Baker.

This week, he’s looking to test that talent in Yosemite National Park. Sam’s mission is to be the youngest climber to conquer the Washington Column.

“It’s a huge wall in Yosemite and we’re going to spend three days climbing it,” Baker said.

Last year, father and son made their way through the summer heat of central California to reach the tip of Lost Arrow Spire, 2,700 feet above the ground.

Starting this weekend, the two will eat, sleep, and climb one of Yosemite’s most dangerous rock formations.

“It’s thousands of feet tall. We’re going to sleep on portaledges up there, so you have to wear your own camp and carry all your own water. It’s going to be very hot and we have plenty of water to bring. let’s bring some fun stuff too, ”Joe said.

When you have a child who enjoys climbing and playing with Super Soakers while hanging thousands of feet in the sky, it’s only fitting that you give them a thrill-seeker-sounding name.

His full real name is Sam Adventure Baker

“Sam Adventure, it’s named after this very famous explorer who was an abolitionist in the 1800s,” Joe said.

With each climb, the two raise funds to help children in the foster system find loving families.

More information can be found on their website.

The objective is to climb El Capitan de Yosemite. Joe thinks Sam will be ready to take on the iconic Granite Face next summer.

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