Thursday, July 24
Climbing in Rio
After a quick trip back home, I realized how blessed Cariocas are. Here in Rio there are over 400 climbing routes just in the city alone. This guidebook (written in Portuguese with English translations) shows the croquis of all of the climbing routes in and around the Sugar Loaf mountain. Each croqui shows the height and what material will be needed to scale the route.
Climbing equipment is expensive here, so bring your own from home. There are some good mountaineering shops here in Rio but nothing like Mountain Equipment Co-op.
The best time of year to climb is between April and October.