Acopan Tepui, El Sendero de los Indigenas
South America, Venezuela
Ján Smolen (Slovakia) and Ondra Beneš, Jiri Lautner, and Tomáš Sobotka (Czech Republic) established El Sendero De Los Indigenas (7c/UIAA 9), on the east face of Acopan Tepui from Jan 7—11. The 425m route has 11 pitches: 3, 7a, 7c, 7c, 7b, 6b, 6a, 6c+, 6b, 6b+, 5. They climbed ground-up with fixed ropes, no chipping, and freed all the pitches in redpoint style. They placed 19 protection bolts and 11 at belays, and left five fixed pitons. El Sendero De Los Indigenas has a sport-alpine character and requires Friends, nuts and long slings.
Vlado Linek, Jamesâk, Slovakia