Twelve-year-old Jakob Vanderaa is soaring to new heights, and not as a result of his practice with Claremont Youth Basketball, where the local athlete has been training as a point guard for the last several years. His latest venture has taken him significantly higher than any dunk in CYB history.
With the completion of a recent backpacking trip, Jakob became one of the youngest climbers to complete southern California’s trio of big peaks—Mt. Baldy, San Jacinto and San Gorgonio, which he completed over the holidays. Just 3 years after he began his climbing career, Jakob’s grand total now comes to 103,619 feet of vertical climb, plus over 135 miles in the dust behind him.
And this budding athlete is just getting started.