In the previous post, we talk about one of the peaks of the Marumbi massif, the Rochedinho. Easily accessible from Marumbi Station, this peak has a unique view with a beautiful trail. In this post, we will talk about another of the Marumbi peaks, the most vertical one: the Abrolhos.
The Abrolhos is 1200 meters high, it is not even far between the highest of the massif. Remember that Olympus has 1530 Meters. But the peculiarities of its rise and its summit make it an excellent adventure.
Like the Rochedinho, its access begins at Marumbi station. There, after fast registration, it will be three and a half hours of climb and another two to three hours to come down. The trail is totally steep and, although relatively safe, as it requires the use of ropes, chains and steady steps (already present on the trail), it requires a lot of attention and concentration, but everything is safe.
Since, from the first 10 minutes after the Marumbi Station, the trail is basically a stair climb, with variations from 70º to 90º, and small stretches in a negative (small even) inclination, it requires good physical preparation.
In many places, you can not give up halfway. So a little bit of determination is crucial since it is impossible to turn around. You must first finish the section, and then you can return it.
Walking with light backpacks, starting from the last parking lot before the IAP station in Porto de Cima, we took a 10-hour round trip. So if there is no pretense of camping at Marumbi Station, taking a good stock of water and flashlights is key.
The exit to the peak is in another path, different from the Rochedinho (from where one also leaves for the Olympus and for the Marumbinista Waterfall). This trail is closest and, almost immediately at the exit of the station, begins to lean sharply. At the beginning of the trip, the cliffs of a seasonal rocky creek. This is the worst part of the course, the large granite stones left behind after the floods require effort and time. But the path is itself beautiful and permeated by the stream that goes along in the opposite direction, under the stones.
After 3 or 4 sessions of climbs along the paths drawn by the river, we arrive at the first face of granite stone. From here the trail, maintained by the marumbinistas association and the IAP, has iron steps stuck in the rock, without which the climbing would require the aid of equipment. Up to summit, there will be numerous sessions with these, varying between stretches with 3 steps and stretches that seem to have no end.
Some steps are loose from overuse and from forces of nature. The IAP and Marumbinistas take good care of the trails and the hardware. But, Marumbi receives the salty ocean wind from the front (depending on the day, besides seeing the coast of Paraná, you can smell the sea). In addition, the rainforest does not facilitate the durability of the hardware, and the points where the steps lean on the rocks are eaten by rust.
More than half the trail is completely covered by vegetation and, moreover, as the trail goes around the peak, often the view is overshadowed by other sections of the massif. This is very cool because the perspective of altitude and positioning relative to the geography of the region is being lost a bit. When the sight reappears, after a small session of rock crossed laterally, it is ecstatic. But, unlike what I imagined, we’re not arriving in the summit, we’re only halfway up.
Abrolhos is a granite rock spear, detached from the rest of the massif by erosion. This makes it narrow and abnormally sharp compared to the other mountains in the area. As we climb, you can see how low the mountain is and how far it is from the other peaks. Looking at the set from below, the peaks seem very close and one has the clear perception of “set” and “massive”. But from Abrolhos the vision is different. He goes off the block and tapers.
When we reach the peak, with an exit of the last session of stairs a little uncomfortable (the first step down is also uncomfortable), we clearly realize that the other peaks are 300 meters higher than the Abrolhos and that they are distanced between 100 and 1000 meters between its peaks.
This gives the summit a sense of isolation and takes the overall view.
The summit is narrow in relation to the height of the mountain and if it is 20×6 meters it is a lot. My daughter dares to this day because I had a little bit of vertigo up there. The view is absolutely disconcerting, indescribable.
In the West, if Southwest, we see the other ridges of the massif from a beautiful rocky green panorama. In the other directions, the coastal plain covered with Atlantic Forest stretches like a rug to the edge of the sea.