When we left Argentina and entered Brazil, our target location was Serra Do Cipó. Up until a month ago we had never heard of this place, but a friend told us it was the best place in South America to sport climb, so we were game to try it.
Little did we know that we were walking into a paradise!
Serra Do Cipó sits about 8 hours north of Rio De Janeiro. It’s a magical forest filled with rivers, waterfalls, and big limestone cliffs.
We had no plan upon arriving. We didn’t know anyone and didn’t know where we were going to stay. But we were sailing under a lucky star. We immediately stumbled upon a little hostel called Mandalla, which also happens to be the epicenter of rock climbing at Serra Do Cipó.
We were welcomed in and offered the only self-contained apartment with everything we could possibly need, including a yoga deck. DOPE.
We’re finding Brazil to be quite a bit more expensive than Argentina, so I got to work selling off some of our old climbing gear.
Below, trying to understand Portuguese while making deals with a couple of the locals…
One thing is for sure about the Brazilian climbers, they are hungry for gear! In 2 days I had sold my entire trad rack and a ton of other outdoor gear, essentially paying our rent!
Meanwhile the girls got settled in. It didn’t take long for everyone to fall in love with Soleil.
Below, Sol making friends with the local climbers…
Mar-Teen Moto, Soleil Moto!!!
So we’re settled in and plan to spend 2-3 months here, depending on the weather. I’m pretty happy as there is nothing to do but work on ODP and climb.
Our apartment is only a 25 minute walk to the climbing area on a trail leading through a beautiful forest. It’s got to be one of the best locations we’ve been at in years.
There is no topo or map for the climbing cliffs surrounding our apartment, so that has made for some exciting routes. We’re dependent on the locals to tell us what is what. But we’ve found some good routes to work on.
Below, racking up for a burn on my project, a nice 7b+, (5.12c)
Stevie is still progressing at a rapid rate. In another few months, she might be my rope gun.
After working this climb and taking a half dozen falls, she just sent her first 5.11a. I’m super proud of her!
Below, Soleil showing why she is the best crag baby in the world!
Post nap, Soleil doing some bouldering…
So we’ll have 3 more weeks of mellow living, then I’ll leave Soleil and Stevie here at Serra Do Cipó while I do a balls-to-the-wall business trip back to the States.
I’m really NOT looking forward to my flight. It couldn’t get any more burly, and this coming from me, a professional traveler. The path goes as follows…
Fly Belo Horizonte to Sao Paolo (11 hour layover)
Fly Sao Paolo to Mexico City (5 hour layover)
Fly Mexico City to San Francisco (6 hour layover)
Fly San Francisco to Portland (work at ODP headquarters for several days)
Fly Portland to Salt Lake City (Outdoor Retailer Trade Show)
Fly Salt Lake City back to Portland (15 hour layover)
Fly Portland to Los Angeles (4 hour layover)
Fly Los Angeles to Mexico City (3 hour layover)
Fly Mexico City to Sao Paolo (5 hour layover)
Fly Sao Paolo to Belo Horizonte. DONE
All this in 10 days. BOOYAH BITCHES.