Jonathan Thesenga, Brittany Griffith, and Kate Rutherford free climbing Diez Libras de Tequila (10 Pounds of Tequila 5.12c, 330 m, 15 pitches) in Acopan Tepui, Venezuela - Part 3

Massive ferns, thorny bushes and a perilous maze of boulders greeted us on top [of] the wild summit plateau. We could’ve spent days hiking around the vast summit, however, with storm clouds forming out over the savannah, we begrudgingly said goodbye and began the rappels…  Back at basecamp that night, we celebrated with the last of our tequila (we had brought 10 pounds of it from the States)… Our thoughts drifted back to the climb—1100 feet, eight days of climbing—and we decided to dub the route 10 Pounds Of Tequila.

photo: Mikey Schaefer


Jonathan Thesenga, Brittany Griffith, and Kate Rutherford free climbing Diez Libras de Tequila (10 Pounds of Tequila 5.12c, 330 m, 15 pitches) in Acopan Tepui, Venezuela - Part 2

The east face of Acopan dominated the scenery as we walked with our heavy loads—its stunning 1000-1300 foot face peppered with a mix of overhanging orange walls and lower-angled jungle-covered black rock…  We settled into our portaledge homes and cracked open dinner: MREs, or Meals Ready to Eat.  Each night as we drank our rationed amount of tequila and Gatorade (aka, Gatoritas) we marveled at the climbing, the setting, the heat, the jungle—it was all amazing. (Jonathan Thesenga)

photo: Mikey Schaefer