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MY FIRST TIME: Michael Hitz goes rock climbing with Equinox Guiding Service

++ Get out (but, like, not too far). We all love and appreciate the positive effects of the Maine outdoors. Hopefully we’ll be back to all kinds of adventuring soon. But for now, press pause. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has some great advice: stay close to home, steer clear of busy locations, keep your distance (and stick to walking/hiking with folks from your household). ++

MY FIRST TIME: Michael Hitz goes rock climbing with Equinox Guiding Service

Trying something new can be daunting – especially when it involves a harness, some rope, and a steep rock face. But Michael Hitz of Portland has been wanting to try rock climbing for years.

With guidance from Noah Kleiner (who has loads of experience with first-timers), owner of Equinox Guiding Service in Camden, Michael got to climb outdoors for the first time. Watch the video to see how it went!

Huge thank you to sponsor Spectrum Healthcare Partners for their support with the My First Time series.

Shannon Bryan

Shannon Bryan

I don't like "exercise" any more than you do. But you know what I do like? Paddleboarding with a friend all afternoon (and then sitting in the grass to drink chardonnay). Bike rides and nachos, hikes, yoga classes held in breweries, group paddles to Fort Gorges, you get the idea. Because Maine is my gym.