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Tepui 2003

Making a return visit to Venezuela, this husband and wife team aimed to free-climb new routes on a number of tepuis and other rock faces in the Gran Sabana region. Access through the jungle to the base of any of the towers proved very difficult, and they were forced to retreat from the 1,000m overhanging face of Angel Falls owing to the illness of one team member. However, in a six-day, 21-pitch (up to E6) free-climbing assault, they were successful in making the first ascent of a 600m tower on Acopantepui, which had not been one of their original objectives.

February - April 2003
John Arran with Anne Arran from the UK plus Ivan Calderón, Henry Gonzales and Alfredo Rangél from Venezuela

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