By Mary Bolling Blackiston, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - One of the most distinguishing features of the Cidade Maravilhosa, earning its natural landscapes the UNESCO World Heritage title in 2012, are the towering mountains that line the coast. For rock climbers, either living in Rio or just visiting, these towers of rock provide endless temptation and challenges.

Jacob Proctor, an American who has been in Rio for three years, claims that, "climbing can be adrenaline charging, physically demanding, relaxing . . .

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