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8-year-old sets out to become youngest to climb towering El Capitan
If your parents name you “Adventure,” they probably hoped you’d do some adventurous things. Sam Adventure Baker understood his assignment. The Colorado 8-year-old sets out Tuesday to become the youngest person to reach the summit of El Capitan in California’s Yosemite National Park.
The journey is expected to take four days “of hanging from your fingers
or hanging from your anchors,” Sam’s dad Joe Baker told CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield on Sunday. They’ll camp one night on the top of El Capitan and hike down eight miles on the fifth day.
Sam Baker was in a climbing harness "before he could walk" his dad said.
Sam and Joe Baker will climb in a four-person team. One person climbs ahead of the others and sets the ropes for the others to follow. His dad said Sam will lead one of the sections, or “pitches,” of the climb.
Sam has been training to take on El Capitan “every day for the last at least 18 months,” his father said. In addition to physical training, planning how much gear – including 200 pounds of water – to take for the dayslong hike is among the challenges. “You can’t just turn on water, you have to carry it with you.”
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