From the heart of the Rio de Janeiro’s beaches, eclectic culture and sprawling favelas, massive granite monoliths host world-class rock climbing. This natural adventure resource was the motivation for a unique climbing outreach program for at-risk youth in Rio's favelas, the Centro de Escalada Urbana, an ambitious climbing school started in 2010.
All Eyes on Rio. The buzz of the up and coming World Cup, then the Olympics, and all the political wrangling that accompanies it. Deals transacted to host events; hotels hoisting prices into orbit; cement poured for stadium foundations.
One could be forgiven for being swept away by the flare and excitement of planning two of the world's largest sporting events. Look a bit closer, however, at the day-to-day life in the heart of Rio's largest favela, Rocinha, and you'll find the beginnings of a movement emerging from the myriad of alleyways and protruding rebar. Smaller than the World Cup perhaps, but nevertheless significant.