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EEA-KateSampKate Samp

Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)

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On Sunday, April 25, I headed out with two climbers, students at MIT, to Crow Hill Ledges, a popular climbing and hiking destination in DCR’s Leominster State Forest.
 
I have been rock climbing off and on in gyms in Boston and in Sydney, Australia, for a couple of years now.  However, climbing outside is a relatively new experience for me.  Climbing has mostly been about facing my fear of heights.  Trusting that a few straps of nylon, some sticky shoes, and that my belay partner can keep me safe from falling dangerously is a big step for me, and for most anyone that climbs. It is no wonder that I hear from veteran climbers joking about how finding a solid climbing partner is often more stressful, and more difficult, than finding a significant other!
 
Climbing partners Zenith Zhang, age 29, and Ross McKinney, age 23, seem to get along famously—trusting each other with their lives each time they attempt to send, or complete, a route. This post is largely a photo story on both climbers, with detailed captions to accompany each photograph. 

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