Don't panic, we did not happen upon Asher in this situation. Mike had gone up the ladder and Asher was right on his tail. So Mike climbed down and watched to see just how far he would go (Mike is just outside the shot in this picture). If anyone is still wondering if boys are different than girls, here's your answer. I'm pretty sure my girls would still think twice before climbing this ladder, if they would do it all.
This is Asher's favorite spot in our house, on the bottom landing of the staircase. He appreciates the view out the skinny window (see Halle's first day of school post for more evidence.)