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By Christopher Mill, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - “Rio is the greatest spot on earth for urban climbing. There are more than 400 routes of all grades and styles just minutes from the city center,” enthuses Clarissa Martins, manager of the Climb In Rio guided climb group. “We have the world’s largest urban forest to explore and dozens of rock peaks featuring climbs on gneiss, granite and basalt.”

With so much else on offer, the quality of climbing in Rio needs to be underlined, but for virtually any mountain you . . .

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