After three years of attempts, on August 1, Helena Fagundes and Ralf Côrtes established Saracura (6° VII D4 E3 (BR), which could translate to: 540m, 5.11a), on Pedra do Elefante, near the rural village Taquaril in the mountains of Rio de Janeiro. See pictures at www. abrigodoelefante.com. The route is the eighth to the mountain’s summit. The best season for climbing in the area is from April to October, when the weather is cooler and drier.
Ana Alvarenga, Brazil