Baxter State Park, Maine: 1969<br>
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Slathering on zinc oxide ointment before my first climb -- an ascent of the Chimney Route, a 1,000', 5.5 or 5.6 rock and snow gully on Mt. Kathadin. The friend who led the technical pitches had a little experience, real mountain boots, 120' of goldline, an ice axe, and a few pins. His ducklings had no experience, floppy Dunham work boots, and rented axes. But by the time we returned to camp, I was addicted to climbing.
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Bruce Pech
Jun 7, 2008
Baxter State Park, Maine: 1969

Slathering on zinc oxide ointment before my first climb -- an ascent of the Chimney Route, a 1,000', 5.5 or 5.6 rock and snow gully on Mt. Kathadin. The friend who led the technical pitches had a little experience, real mountain boots, 120' of goldline, an ice axe, and a few pins. His ducklings had no experience, floppy Dunham work boots, and rented axes. But by the time we returned to camp, I was addicted to climbing.

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