summit plateau

Mount Roraima - Venezuela 

Mount Roraima is situated on the border, between Venezuela, Guyana and Brazil. With over 70% of the mountain situated in Venezuela’s Canaima National Park, Mount Roraima is the tallest table-top plateau in the area. It is made of sandstone, and features a number of unique species of flora. Due to the flat surface of the mountain, and the areas heavy rainfall, waterfalls are often appear in various locations around the plateau. The summit itself covers an area of  31 km2.

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Din Lligwy, Anglesey, Wales

Din Lligwy is a later Prehistoric type walled settlement set on the summit of a limestone plateau close to its precipitous northern edge. The internal buildings were cleared from 1905 onwards when significant quanties of Roman material were recovered, mostly of the late third-fourth century AD. From excavation, it seems that the round structures were probably houses and the rectangular ones were barns or workshops.

For a pre-Roman site, a great deal remains including the enclosing wall and the foundations of many buildings, many of them with substantial and well made foundations constructed from the local limestone. The outer protective wall is almost intact although much reduced in height.

Din Lligwy is situated on a low hill with good views over Anglesey and a reliable source of fresh water nearby. The hill is now overgrown with sycamore and ash but it is probable that when it was occupied, the village would have had uninterrupted views all around.

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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