I was in Bishop last winter bouldering with Mike and Joe when Gustavo Moser called me. I was excitedly talking and pacing around Mike’s truck listening to Goose tell me that Venezuela needed us and we needed to find our inner monkey on the Auyan Tepui. I was ready to go before knowing any details but over the year have realized this trip will indeed be epic and the place is beautiful. Come to find out the tepui’s are tall mesas scattered in the jungle like islands. One article described the micro climate on the Auyan Tepui as: “an impenetrable jungle meets an impassable rock wall”. Few have climbed these boulders and none have had nice crash pads or time to establish much. We will spend 18 days on the top, that will be the longest anyone has been up there. Google this place, look at the sinkholes!
The journey begins in his home town of Caracas. When asking Goose if this was a 2nd world country I tried to be sensitive about it since its his home. He replied… “ha No is facking Kenya man!” Thats 3rd world danger and beauty. It’s unstable and we might get robbed. My brother was kidnapped, the government is corrupt.” Oh dang, here we go. I’m so gringo this might get crazy but we gotta go anyway. Drive from Caracas to Puerto Ordaz then we fly in Cessna type airplane to “Uruyen”, which is a small native settlement located near the Tepui. Then 3 days hiking in the jungle to get to the top of the mesa where the boulders are. We will have a guide, porters and a cook:) The porters come back for us later and we start home. It’s not Horse Pens, it’s not even Rockey Mnt National Park… sounds pretty foreign to me. At first when I heard we had porters involved i remembered 180 Degrees South when the Patagonia dude rips on the Everest mountaineers for their fancy expedition. He said: “They are assholes when they leave and assholes when they come back”. As for our tip: I don’t care who carries the crash pad, it’s a guided adventure on virgin sandstone through the jungle to a city of boulders on top of Angel Falls. It’s a $3,000 investment in a corrupt country with amazing people. #PortersForever!
So far we have a few sponsors and commitments from amazing peoples who believe in our adventure. Thanks Organic Climbing who is giving us Custom Venezuela Flag pads. Gustavo is working with DeadPoint Magazine on an article and pictures. CamelBack is also one of our sponsors- we really appreciate them giving us some gear. ThreeBallClimbing who is a constant supporter for our adventures and made our shirts as well as helping us ship and insure camera gear to Caracas. MohawkSteelCo is contributing to get more local climbers on the trip. We leave for Caracas on Jan 29, 2014.
Memo-19 Click this link to hear the iPhone audio recording …ha. i get psyched with my iPhone sometimes!
This is our thesis for the trip and film so far: (looking back-I remember the day I recorded this I was REALLY psyched! hahah)