Angel Falls, 1,283m
Angel Falls is the world’s largest uninterrupted waterfall, and drops 1,000m from the top of Auyan tepui in the Venezuelan highlands to the rainforest below. In 2015 I teamed up with Igor Elorza and two other local pilots and we made the five day, 60km trek to the top. Every step was different – sometimes you had two inches of mud, sometimes 20! I had a breath of wind from behind on take-off, which was better than the rotor out front, and I took off. It was a 15-minute sled ride to a landing in the rocky riverbed below, and then a two-day boat trip back to civilisation. An incredible hike-and-fly!
Total ascent by foot: 900m
Time needed: five days
Wind direction: You’ve come this far…
Top to bottom: 1,000m
Originally published in the 2017 Travel Guide, as part of a series of adventure pilot Paul Guschlbauer’s favourite mountains for hike-and-fly. You can find the others in the series, here.
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