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What They Were Thinking: Reaching new heights

Chatham’s Amy Caporello, 25, is all smiles on her way down after climbing a 40-plus-foot wall at Brooklyn Boulders in Somerville.

Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Chatham’s Amy Caporello, 25, is all smiles on her way down after climbing a 40-plus-foot wall at Brooklyn Boulders in Somerville.

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

What’s up today: Chatham’s Amy Caporello, 25, is all smiles on her way down after climbing a 40-plus-foot wall at Brooklyn Boulders in Somerville. She had a beer bet with her boyfriend Matt Winick, 21, of South Boston, who is a picture of exhaustion after failing to complete the climb on March 12, 2014:

Matt Winick was exhausted after failing to complete his climb.

Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staf

Matt Winick was exhausted after failing to complete his climb.

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Caporello: “I told him if he got to the top I’d buy him a beer and if I got to the top he’d have to buy me a beer. My heart is still racing — it’s more fun if you’re competing against somebody. It’s a good feeling when the endorphins start rushing and your heart starts racing. We’re both athletes and we wanted to be competitive. It is like teamwork because you need that other person to hold you up and also to give you pointers. You only have a rope and somebody at the bottom to give you the support you need. You need to trust the other person. I was thinking, free beer! No, it’s just a really good feeling to overcome something like that.”

Winick: “I was thinking, I want to accomplish a goal today — to get to the top — and I didn’t do it. I’m very disappointed but very happy for her. That’s the thing about rock climbing, it’s not about strength. It’s about strategy and technique. It’s about endurance. It’s about conserving energy when you go up. I think that picture’s funny. I feel defeated because I didn’t do it, but I’m hungry to do it again. My arms are burning, when they stop burning I’m going to do it again. That’s it. And I owe her two beers.”

Stan Grossfeld can be reached at grossfeld@globe.com.
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