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Story inspires young reader to reach new heights

June 18, 2012 |  2:19 pm


Joshua Bloess of Duarte was so inspired by a story he saw last year in The Times that he climbed a mountain.

It was his father who wrote to tell us about it, because Joshua is 6.

The story was about a 7-year-old, Tyler Armstrong of Yorba Linda, who climbed Mt. Whitney in a single day. 

"My son saw the article about Tyler summiting Mt. Whitney last year and told my wife and I he wanted to do the same," Thomas Bloess said in an email. 

The weekend before Father's Day, Bloess said, Joshua reached the top. "Although not in a day like Tyler, he still did it."

The Bloesses spent three days on Mt. Whitney: "One day to Trail Camp, one to summit and back down to Trail Camp, and the last day to walk off the mountain."

"Thanks for publishing this inspiring story, as it inspired one little boy to get to the top," Bloess said. "The world needs more stories like Tyler's."

--Deirdre Edgar

Photo: Joshua Bloess at the top of Mt. Whitney. Credit: Thomas Bloess