View of Sugar Loaf from the Statoil Office.
This 1200 foot monolith, created about 60 million years ago, is solid granite. Its named after the method in which sugar cane was shipped (encased in clay resembling loaves of bread) to Lisbon in the late 1500's.
The cable car system was opened in 1912, being only the second in operation in the world. 400 workers scaled the monolith each day (no deaths) hand carrying pieces of machinery and equipment until they were able to build a crane at the top. Today over 40 million people have visited since the opening, and the cable car holds 65 passengers, climbing to the top in six minutes (there is a mid station where you get on another cable car). 1360 passengers per hour is the capacity. Each morning the peak is shrouded in fog. President Kennedy, Albert Einstein, and Elton John have ridden to the top. The mountain has 60 different climbing routes all requiring the use of ropes (no mere hiking possible).
The James Bond Film Moonraker used this very location to film a segment of the movie in which Roger Moore as Bond is fighting with "Jaws" (Richard Kiel). Jaws tried to bite the cable in two but Bond is able to throw him off. He lands in the trees near the summit and then at the feet of a very large woman (Norwegian?). They marry on the cable car.
One of the most fascinating inhabitants of the mountain summit are these marmaset simians, the smallest spicies of monkey on earth. They live in large communites in the magnolia trees and whistle like birds. They are very camera friendly and actually will pose for you. Here is another shot of one approaching some strange woman THAT I NEVER SPOKE TO MISS JANET!
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