Little known fact: There are hundreds of water-accessed first ascents to be notched along the eastern seaboard. And Maine—whose sinuous coastline is home to thousands of craggy islands and inlets with faces that are rarely, if ever, climbed—is an epicenter. No one knows this better than renowned adventurer and author Mark Synnott, who has been pioneering boat-accessed climbing in the region. This past summer, he invited his old friends Adrian Ballinger and Emily Harrington Downeast to see what it’s all about—and we tagged along for the adventure.
The point is this: adventure is what you make it—and sometimes it hides in plain sight. Want more? We teamed up with Land Rover Defender to highlight the country's most inventive adventures. See them all on our microsite, The New Rules of Adventure.