Sugarloaf Climb Pictures
- Jacob's Ladder from Above
- Jacob's Ladder is the beginning of the climb. It's very interesting
for two reasons. One is that the entire mountain is made of a particular
kind of rock, that looks like a mix of small stones with cement. But this
small fillet is very different. Some say it's a kind of quartz, but I
believe it's raw metal. The person doing the climb is my friend Matusa.
- Jacob's Ladder from Below
- Same place seen from below. The fillet actually has a different
color, something reddish, but somehow Matusa's digital camera didn't
register it. That's me beginning to climb.
- Jacob's Ladder...
- That's me a bit higher in the climb, doing a particularly difficult
part. The truth is that the hardest part is the start because it's 90
degree curved and there is almost no place to grab at.
- That part of the climb is easily done just standing and walking
over. It's very adhesive if you keep your weight properly distributed.
It can only be seen from the neighbor city in the other side of Guanabara
- When the Dirty Waters Meet the Ocean
- It is well known that Guanabara Bay is incredibly poluted nowadays,
but people usually don't have an idea of it. Here you can see the
difference between these waters and the ocean's.
- Looking Left
- Stopping in the middle and looking to the left, that's what we see.
A bit of Niteroi, the neighbor city, Guanabara Bay, and the Fort.
- Continuing the Climb
- There's still a long way to the top from there. Another 90-degree
climb awaits. But this is me doing just a bit more of the "standing" part.
- Looking Down at Copacabana
- Already at the top, in this picture you can see the entire Copacabana
- A Bit to the Right
- Turning a bit to the right, you can also see Red Beach and the
intermediate cable car station.
- A Bit More to the Right
- Now there's Botafogo and the Christ. Botafogo Beach was artificially
created, I think it was in the 50's, and it's waters are Guanabara Bay's.
You can guess how clean that beach is...
- Even More to the Right
- And here you can see Flamengo, Downtown Rio and the national
Santos Dummont airport, which does only Rio - São Paulo flights.
Santos Dummont is considered the true airplane inventor, rather than the
US brothers, as he created the 14-Bis and presented it to the
French Airclub Commission in 1904 being the first documented airplane
flight in history. The Wright Brothers experiment in 1903 was not
documented (Koogan/Houaiss Encyclopedia 1997, p.1448, p.1686).