La Ola, new 8A+ near Rio

© Cláudio Brisighello
Last week, Caio Gomes made the first ascent of a long standing project in Rio de Janeiro, a wave-like granite boulder located at Pracinha de Itacoatiara. The name is La Ola. Weighing in at V12/8A+, it's now one of the hardest problems around Rio. Source: Escalada café Here's the video:

If you're a regular follower of TheLowDown, you know that, thanks to Yuri at Escalada cafe, I regularly report on what's happening on the Brazilian scene. This is not only because I secretly wish the Brazilian Climbing federation will give me a free trip to Brazil, but also because I believe some of you might be interested in what's going on in different parts of the world, even if it's not 8C or 9b ascents.

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