Average Rating : 4.67 out of 5
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Route Summary | Ascent Notes (10)
Rock (Trad) (Sport)
Classic route. Beautiful 5.9 bolted crack on the first pitch. If like trad climbing, recommend to bring one set of cams for the second pitch variation called K3. This is the sequence of the crack, however is trad and reaches 5.10d.
Once you reach the summit (Statue) you can take a free transfer down to the parking lot. If you need to abort, is possible to abseil with one 60m rope.
Submitted by: tces550 on 2004-07-13
Last Modified: 2011-05-30
Route ID: 55887
The route has some amazing climbing with some world class scenery and a very cool top-out at Christo Redentor. Anyone coming from Europe, note that the route is not a typical well bolted sport route and involves some large run-outs with some sections very unprotected. Cams & Nuts are necessary. Approx. 3hour climb.
Approach - Walk up form the car park for 15 minutes until the road makes a hairpin 180 turn. Climb over the concrete rail though the over grown bush to find the path. Follow the rock face round until it seems to drop-off. You will see bolts for other Aid routes on Corcovado with lost of vegetation on the Dihedrals - continue downhill until you reach the base of K2 - a nice clean dihedral.
Many reviews say 4 pitches - local guidebook and anchors suggest 5. If committing to 5 pitches, the start of the 3rd pitch, after the exposed traverse on pitch 2 has potential for a nasty fall factor 2 fall. This is due to runout from the anchor/belay to the first bolt (about 6m) with the crux of the route before the bolt. If combining pitches 2&3 and attempting in 4 pitches, it is recommended to have extended runners/quickdraws as there will be severe zigzagging and therefore rope drag. This will also make the second pitch around 40m!
Pitches: 1- Classic crack dihedral climb, well protected with bolts - Crux Pitch - 30M 2- Exposed Traverse, well protected - 12m 3- Runout from anchor to first bolt (as above) with Crux move at beginning of pitch. Upper section of the pitch has a 12m runout and although the climbing is not necessarily technical I would recommend bringing a set of cams and nuts. - 25m 4- Shorter dihedral crack climb with no fixed protection until metal spike at the top of the section. Bring gear for peace of mind and long runners to minimise zigzagging rope drag. Traverse across to large ledge and use the trees as the penultimate anchor - 30m 5- Technical Slab, climb to the right of the 3 large concrete pillars - well protected with bots - 20m
5minute scramble through trees to the top of Corcovado and Christo Redentor. The final pitch involves a 30 second walk to the bar on the lower deck :-) You will be able to take a free transfer down to the car park if you show the staff some climbing gear.
This si a great slab climb with two diherals. It is four pitches long, the first pitch is ~5.9+, second 5.7, third 5.7 and the last 5.8-5.9. If you can get past the psicological aspect it is fairly easy.... needless to say cams help soothe the mind
To get to base of climb go to ticket booth for bus that takes you to top of mountain, walk past that as if going to the Christ statue after hiking about 10 minutes the road will make a hairpin turn and there will be a cement gaurdrail trail will on right side of gaurdrail. Hike along trail eventually trail will dead end. Look to right and trail will go downhill looking like it will drop off, follow that trail to the end and that will take you to the climb.
Fun climb lots of bolts bring some cams maybe .75 to 2. No better feeling then pulling over the rail to the amazement of all the tourist taking pictures of the Christ statue