Moab Monkeys in BRAZIL: Parts 1-3
The Moab Monkeys have officially launched the first video edit from our adventures in Brazil, and it’s scheduled to be one of many more coming your way! Scott Rogers and I are excited to be extensively documenting this experience, in picture and video format, so that the rest of you can hopefully be inspired by our actions and give some support to our monkey missions by watching, subscribing and sharing the YouTube channel. In the first week of our highlining and BASE jumping expedition in the southern hemisphere, we’ve been raging around with the awesome locals here and completing many adventurous pursuits. Amongst them, we repeated the Classic Gavea Stone highline, which was established by wingsuit/BASE professional Hugo Langel Van Erven in 2006, and we also opened a new highline atop the Four Summits above the city. The line was entitled “Brazilian BBQ” in the end and was successfully rigged and walked in a loose fashion due to the sketchy anchors we had to utilize… Andy Lewis got the first walk and I followed in step with the second crossing. It was established on all natural anchors, on one side using a sturdy tree on the edge of a cliff and a bush/shrubbery slowly ripping from the hillside (backed up 4 times to sturdy foliage for redundancy sake). This line was positioned in a beautiful location with the city of Rio in the backdrop and the beautiful salty ocean alongside it. The statue of Jesus could also be seen from the line in addition to other famous landmarks such as the Sugarloaf and other noteworthy natural and urban features. More ideal anchors would have of course been preferred, but when adventure rigging in the hot and humid jungle by steep rocky cliffs, beggars can’t be choosers. You ultimately take what Mother Nature gives you and hope for the best, backing up all your anchor points the best you can.
In addition to all the balanced feats accomplished so far, such as the waterline near Favela da Vidigal and highlines on Pedra da Gavea, Andy Lewis, Scott Rogers and Hugo have been BASE jumping from various points atop the 2,800 foot tall granite monolith almost everyday. This trip so far has been action packed and the Moab Monkeys are proudly raging hard! Watch the video to get a better idea about what we’re doing down south and the creative pursuits we’ve been pursuing. Andy’s impromptu BASE landing is sure to make you laugh and sigh with relief… Hope you enjoy the short film, please subscribe to us at Moab Monkeys on Facebook for progressive updates on the trip and of course to our YouTube channel which is sure to flourish as missions get bigger and Brazil gets hotter.
Finishing up the second week of our expedition in Brazil, the Moab Monkeys continue to rage in the jungles and high above Rio de Janeiro in new locations. Sun exposure, heat exhaustion and high humidity have brought on a different set of challenges during these missions, but luckily rest days have offered enough shade and beach lounging at Itacoatiara and the classic waterline of Pedra da Baleia. Our migration from the heart of Rio’s city to the surf town of Niteroi has opened our travel experience to a thriving community of psyched Brazilian slackliners, who represent some of the best trickliners in the world. Through our collaborative efforts we’ve established a new 45 meter highline (“Sol Opressor”), repeated an old 47 meter project (“Tartaruga Sinistra” the longest highline in Brazil with Andy,Scott and I getting the first walks) and spent many days tricklining and longlining into the sunset on the beach. Thanks so much to the Brazilian monkeys, Catraquis Crew and everyone else who has offered their hospitable love and support along the way.
Week three in Brazil is coming to an end and the Moab Monkeys met up with “Lucky” Luke and some other Brazilian BASE jumpers to explore the urban jungle of Rio de Janeiro. This week’s episode includes some building BASE action and some new highlines above downtown Niteroi. The buildings will go unnamed, as frankly we don’t even know what they’re called. The two highlines shown include the “Sweat Shop” at 17m, established by Allan Pinheiro a few years ago, and “Sol Opressor” which is a new line in the 45-50m range. Enjoy this week’s episode and keep your eyes out for more! The Monkeys have one more week in Brazil and we’re preparing for our biggest project yet!
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