Angel Falls in Venezuela climbed by strong international team


A strong British, Venezuelan and Russian team have free climbed the Angel Falls in Venzuela. The route, much of it behind the world's highest waterfall in the world, is now the biggest overhanging free-climb in the world and took nineteen days and fourteen nights to reach a magical wind-sculpted plateau full of exotic plants and animals. Of its 31 pitches no fewer than nine merited a British grade of E7, five of which were climbed entirely on-sight. The climbers were John Arran (UK), Anne Arran (UK), Miles Gibson (UK), Ben Heason (UK), Alex Klenov (Rus), Ivan Calderon (Ven) and Alfredo Rangel (Ven).
For a full account check the thread below.

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15 Apr, 2005
Superb, nice to see the Brits excelling! J :-)
15 Apr, 2005
By 'eck that's a bit good. Nice one!
16 Apr, 2005
I ended up belaying Miles when he came to 'the edge' a few weeks or so before he left for this trip and he was climbing really strong. The best endurance I've ever seen!
18 Apr, 2005
I think this is an awesome achievement- really well done to the guys (and Anne!). I'd read John and Anne Arran's previous articles about big wall climbing in South America- a very inspiring piece of climbing writing- so had been listening out for any news of how this attempt was progressing. http://www.planetfear.com/article_detail.asp?a_id=27 Looking forward to more stories and pictures of the ascent- well done all.