Climbing Acadia National Park, Maine

Photograph by Tim Kemple

"Come on arms, do your stuff!" was the thought running through climber Hazel Findlay's mind as she climbed this hundred-foot route after a long day on the weathered sea cliffs of Maine. Findlay started climbing on some boulders just above the water; climber Alex Honnold is seen below her. The trip was a stopover after a North Face team expedition to climb sea cliffs in Newfoundland.

"The sea cliffs in Maine were quite small—a hundred feet. The wall in Newfoundland was probably 1,500 feet," says Findlay. "But the cliffs in Maine are right above the water, so that makes it feel very dramatic and intense.

"I actually learned how to climb on the sea cliffs of my own country, so it was really cool to visit some other sea cliffs on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean," says the British climber who now lives out of cars and suitcases. "Often trips aren't about how good the climbing is, but the adventures you end up having getting there."

Getting the Shot

“We needed to air out and dry out, so why not climb in Maine on the way home?” says photographer and adventurer Tim Kemple, who grew up spending his summers climbing in the state. “I was psyched to share the area with friends," which, in this case, included elite climbers Findlay and Honnold. After a soggy shoot in Newfoundland, the trio stopped in at Acadia National Park to climb. “The cliff is called Great Head. I'm not sure of the name of the route or if it had ever been climbed. We were just psyched to finally monkey around after weeks in the rain,” recalls Kemple.

To capture the steep angle and water and to keep the belayer in the frame, Kemple rappelled from the top of the cliff. “I climbed without a shirt on to work on my tan,” jokes Kemple.

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