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South America, Venezuela, Salto del Angel

Salto del Angel. Three routes have now been climbed beside the Angel Falls, possibly the highest waterfall in the world, which drops some 2800 feet. In March, Spaniards climbed a new route 100 meters to the left of the falls. Nearly all the face was overhanging and 80% of the climbing was direct aid, mostly A3 with two pitches of A4. Yet they placed only one bolt. Jesús Gálvez and Adolfo Medinabeitía took 23 days to complete the climb. They first prepared 200 meters and then took 16 days on the final push.