The Beginning of the Rio Climbing Collaborative Project

17 06 2010

I arrived in Brazil yesterday.  I hope to lay the groundwork for a project to encourage a community climbing culture in the favelas (slums) of Rio de Janeiro.  I plan to do this by coordinating with Brazilian NGOs, community leaders, and climbers to construct a climbing wall for a favela near the Dois Irmaos formation in Rio de Janeiro.

Favela with Pao de Acucar in the background

The goal of this project is to encourage local climbing culture, climbing knowledge, and potentially allow locals to gain employment as climbing guides in the Rio de Janeiro area.

Similar to a public skate park, the addition of a climbing wall would instill confidence in youth and encourage community with the excellent local climbing topography.  A massive metropolis of 15 million residents, Rio is situated within a batholith of big wall granite domes, which may provide the greatest urban climbing in the world.  Many of these walls are inaccessible due to the dangers of the favelas on the hillsides below these formations.  By encouraging a local climbing culture within these communities a positive and sustainable diversion from violence within the favelas may be attainable through risk-replacement.

I also hope to partake in some of the awesome climbing Rio and Brazil has to offer during my stay.  I will be updating this blog as much as possible with pictures and video.  I hope you enjoy.

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3 responses

18 06 2010
Maria Chisolm

This, my friend, is awesome. Mad respect.

19 06 2010
Charlie Firestone

Very impressive, Asa. Good luck in moving this forward.

25 08 2010
Courtney Tallon

Asa. This is epic. Good work and best of luck.

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