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Rock climbing beckons from a suburban outcropping

NEWTON — I slipped my hand along the fissure, testing flesh against the sandpapery edge of stone until my chalk-dusted fingers caught a crimp in the rock and squeezed. Muscles — some long unused — flexed as I toed the wall with my rubber-soled climbing shoes, using friction to propel me high enough for my other hand to find a new hold.

The surrounding woods in the Hammond Pond Reservation were quiet as I faced off with the wall, part of an outcropping of Roxbury pudding stone tucked in a wooded area off Route 9 between the Mall at Chestnut Hill and the Street.

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