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South America, Venezuela, Autana Tepui, First Ascent of Southern Aspect

Autana Tepui, first ascent of southern aspect. This tepui, 400 miles south of Caracas in the Orinocan jungle, was climbed in March by a team of aid climbers and another of free climbers. The route up the southeast face was 2,400', 25 pitches. It was aided by Hernando Arnal, Anne Arran, Ivan Calderon, Henry Gonzales, Tim O’Neill, José Pereyra, and Xavier Potronco (2001). Freed by John Arran (one pitch of 5.13b, two of 5.13a, two of mid-5.12, most of the rest at 5.11). See “The Tree of Life” earlier in this Journal for an account.