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Moab Monkeys in BRAZIL

Few words, more images…

Urban Jungle Highline: As the last week of our trip slowly comes to an end, the team was able to get permission to walk between two apartment buildings in downtown Niteroi as part of a Brazilian TV show. This projects was a test of creative rigging in an unfamiliar terrain of concrete structures and constant noise. The rooftop scenery from this line was incredible and represents, for many of us on the Moab Monkeys team, our first urban highline.

Andy Lewis walking between buildings in Niteroi.

Andy Lewis walking between buildings in Niteroi.

New addition to downtown Niteroi's scenery

New addition to downtown Niteroi’s urban scenery

18 stories above the concrete abyss

18 stories above the concrete abyss

Marcio Cardoso getting the first Brazilian crossing of Niteroi's new urban highline

Marcio Cardoso getting the first Brazilian crossing of Niteroi’s new urban highline

Ezequiel Ruete taking in the noisy exposure of the urban setting

Ezequiel Ruete taking in the noisy exposure of the urban setting

Improvised and creative rigging in the urban environment

Improvised and creative rigging in the urban environment

Return to Tartaruga: The crew returned to walk Tartaruga Sinistra and Scott, Andy and I were proudly able to establish the first 3 walks of this 47 meter long beast. Many of the local Brazilians gave their best to it and will be returning soon with vengeance in mind.

Scott Rogers getting his send on the longest highline in Brazil, weighing in at 47 meters long and very exposed.

Scott Rogers getting his send on the longest highline in Brazil, weighing in at 47 meters long and very exposed.

Andy Lewis getting the POV GoPro shot for our video edits to come

Andy Lewis getting the POV GoPro shot for our video edits to come

Allan Pinheiro walking amongst the clouds

Allan Pinheiro walking amongst the clouds

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Monkeys in Brazil Part 3: Urban Jungle Madness

 

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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Monkeys in Brazil Part 1: Of Spirits and Gravity

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.

~Brian Mosbaugh