What Started As A Normal Camping Trip Ended With My Stomach Turning. This Is Insane.

Four friends from Flagstaff, Arizona who love adventure decided to do something nobody has ever done before. They traveled to to Venezuela’s fearsome Chimanta mountain range to scale the Acopan Tepui. This is no ordinary mountain, it is practically vertical the whole way up and towers over the landscape 2000 feet! This mountain has been climbed before but only a few times and on some much easier routes. These friends wanted to take things to new heights and tackle a route that has never been tried.

When they arrived they were in shock at how massive the treacherous mountain looked in person. 

What Started As A Normal Camping Trip Ended With My Stomach Turning. This Is Insane.

This was a 10 day straight vertical climb! This meant sleeping on the face of a cliff. Yes the face of a cliff! 

What Started As A Normal Camping Trip Ended With My Stomach Turning. This Is Insane.

The beds they use are fastened into anchors they set in the rocks. They are only 4 feet wide and sleep two people. 

What Started As A Normal Camping Trip Ended With My Stomach Turning. This Is Insane.

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The climbers say you have to have nerves of steel and a “head for heights” because trusting these beds can be a bit unnerving. Just make sure you don’t roll over. 

What Started As A Normal Camping Trip Ended With My Stomach Turning. This Is Insane.

The views waking up are phenomenal and I’m sure nothing beats sleeping on the face of a cliff under the stars. 

What Started As A Normal Camping Trip Ended With My Stomach Turning. This Is Insane.

The climb was 10 days total so they were exhausted after a long day of climbing and slept an average of 10 hours a night to build energy for the next days climb.

What Started As A Normal Camping Trip Ended With My Stomach Turning. This Is Insane.

The friends would climb up in a staggered pattern to help each other lift the gear up and not wear themselves out too badly. 

What Started As A Normal Camping Trip Ended With My Stomach Turning. This Is Insane.

Joel Unema from Arizona tackles a particularly dramatic route straight up. 

What Started As A Normal Camping Trip Ended With My Stomach Turning. This Is Insane.

Just a 1/2″ rope is their only safety line keeping them from falling 2000 feet! 

Don’t look down. 

What Started As A Normal Camping Trip Ended With My Stomach Turning. This Is Insane.

Joel Unema (above) and Luis Cisnero (below) say the highlight of the trip was waking up to the most amazing panoramic views of untouched landscapes every morning. 

What Started As A Normal Camping Trip Ended With My Stomach Turning. This Is Insane.

After a 10 day vertical battle the group of friends made it to the top and reached their goal. They took a route that nobody has ever tackled before for one of the most terrifying camping trips I have ever seen.

 What Started As A Normal Camping Trip Ended With My Stomach Turning. This Is Insane.

This group of 4 friends (Blake McCord, Joel Unema, Eric Deschamps and Luis Cisneros) from Flagstaff Arizona flew to Venezuela to  do something that nobody has ever done before. These adventurers set out to accomplish something no man has done before and after a rigorous 10 day climb they made it to the summit offering some of the most beautiful views these men have ever seen! They say that making it to the top was a huge relief because they were able to remove the harnesses they wore for 10 days straight.

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