Who are the guides?
Our guides are professional rock climbing guides and are amongst the most highly skilled local rock climbers. They have at least 5 years of experience in the field and are certified by AGUIPERJ (Association of Guides, Instructors and Other Rock Climbing Professionals in the State of Rio de Janeiro). Our guides prioritize our clients' safety and take all reasonable steps to reduce the inherent risks of climbing to an absolute minimum. Finally, they are friendly professionals that enjoy sharing a day of rock climbing with all ages and abilities
When to go
When is the best time of year to climb in Rio de Janeiro?
In Rio, rock climbing is practiced year-round. The city has a tropical climate, with the temperatures ranging between 18 to 30 ºC (on average) year-round. The absolute best time to climb is during the winter months (June to August), when the temperatures, humidity and rain are all at their lowest. During the summer months (December to February), it becomes more important to avoid climbing in direct sunshine, as the temperatures can get very high, and there is a real risk of sunburn, dehydration and heat exhaustion. There are always shaded routes, as different sides of the city mountains receive sun exposure at different times of the day, however, it becomes critical to start climbing at the right time (often quite early), and to climb at a good pace, in order to avoid getting caught on the rock in direct sunshine
Another important consideration during the summer months is the rain, which typically falls in the afternoons every few days. These afternoon showers tend to be rather unpredictable and have frustrated many climbing attempts! If you climb in the summer months, be prepared to be flexible - we may need to reschedule your climb, and sometimes without a lot of notice. Luckily, rain from one day typically dries by the next and many routes quickly return to good climbing condition
Do I need to be very strong, fit or experienced?
No. If you happen to be, you will have a broader range of options of where to climb. However, Rio de Janeiro offers many incredible climbing routes for beginners and we are happy to teach you all the basics that you will need to know for your first climb. Furthermore, a common misconception is that rock climbing is a sport that requires a lot of upper-body strength. In some cases it does, however, the style of rock climbing that is predominant in Rio is one that requires technique in footwork and good balance, more so than arm strength
What happens if I let go of the rock? Will I fall and hurt myself?
No. As you climb, you are tied to a rope and your guide pulls the rope, keeping it taut with the help of climbing equipment. If you let go of the rock, you will descend a little bit as the rope is elastic and will stretch with your weight, however, this is minimal and there is no shock of impact
Can my child go as well?
There is generally no minimum age for rock climbing, however, the experience of climbing outdoors is best (for both the parents and the child) if the child has achieved a level of physical and emotional maturity to allow the child to explore a new form of movement in a new context (at height). As a general guideline, a child under 7 years of age is likely to have difficulty, however, it's not always the case. We are happy to talk with you and help you assess your child's readiness
What equipment do I need?
You will be using a helmet, harness, climbing shoes, chalk, a personal anchor and a belay / rappel device, plus a cord for autoblock. If you don't have your own equipment, we will provide you a set to use during your climb. Likewise, if you have some items, but not all, we can provide you what you're missing. All of our equipment is certified by UIAA / CE and maintained in excellent condition. We do encourage clients to bring and use their own equipment if they have it, as it eliminates any risk of discomfort from using an item (shoes, harness, helmet, etc.) that is different than the climber is used to
Besides my gear, what else should I bring with me?
Besides your equipment (if you have your own), we recommend that you bring the following: your ID, a backpack, water, a snack (lunch for full day climbs), sunscreen, bug repellent and a light-weight wind-breaker / shell. Don't underestimate the importance of any one of these items, as they are all essential to experiencing a safe and comfortable climb
What should I wear when I go climbing?
Wear comfortable, athletic clothing that lets you move freely. If you wear shorts, avoid very short shorts, as they can be uncomfortable with the harness straps. Depending on where we climb, we may need to walk on a trail to reach the climbing base. As such, lightweight hiking or running shoes are recommended over sandals. Those with long hair should bring a hair elastic to tie it up, as loose hair can get caught in the belay and rappel equipment