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Climbing of Guatape, Colombia,

By the 1900s, the massive 10-million-ton rock was seen by local farmers as a nuisance, a giant

version of the rocks that the farmers regularly dug out of their fields. In 1954 a group of friends — supposedly at the urging of a local priest — climbed the rock using a series of boards wedged into a crack. These were the first people known to have climbed El PeƱon de Guatape. (It is unknown whether the Tahamies had a way of ascending the stone.) Climbing the huge stone took five days, but the top of the rock revealed beautiful views and a new species of plant, Pitcairma heterophila. The rock soon became a modest tourist attraction. Read more: http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/el-penon-de-guatape
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