posted by dpm on 06/20/2014
This past April, Mayan Smith-Gobat and Ben Rueck traveled to Brazil for an attempt on the incredible route, Place of Happiness, on Pedra Riscada. The 800 meter route, with difficulties up to 5.12+, was opened by Stefan Glowacz and a large team of German and Brazilian climbers in 2009.
"Ben and I were a perfect team, working together to crush a stunning route in a surreal landscape - seven hundred meters of rock stretching out below us, cactuses growing on the vertical wall all around and countless domes rising up far below. These were moments of true happiness.
On our second attempt at climbing this route in a single day push we made to the black low angle slab at the very top of the route, before getting lost in the dark. We were both extremely happy with our day, having climbed every pitch in the best style possible and did not want to ruin this or risk potential injury or death by trying to force our way to the anchor. Even though we had not clipped the chains, we felt content that we had climbed the route, finding flow and happiness in the process."
All photos by Frank Kretschman, courtesy of Mayan Smith-Gobat