Having had limited climbing experience I was looking to challenge myself, I spoke with Andrew on the phone and made the arrangements to climb Sugarloaf the next morning at 8am. I am reasonably fit yet I knew this would be a new kind of activity and I was to be tested. Andrew and I met at the base of the mountain at 8am and got setup, he provided climbing shoes and after a more in-depth talk of my experience we decided I would attempt a true technical climb. From the moment we set out Andrew was first class, he is a skilled guide and climber who led me on one of the most exhilarating experiences over the next three and a half hours. He provided clear instructions and support and encouraged me when I was having moments of doubt at the wrong height to rethink my choices, all the while the option was there for me to take a simpler and more novice route.
What I experienced on my half day with Andrew was one of the most memorable of my life, I with his help and guidance pushed myself to complete the climb and meanwhile witnessed an unrivalled view of Rio de Janeiro.
There are options available for all levels of experience and fitness, I chose to push myself and on the cusp of my skill and endeavour I found a way to achieve more than I can believe. No matter how you choose to scale this mountain, with Andrew by your side will enjoy one of the highlights of a wonderfully blessed City, a service and an experience not to be missed.
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