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A first ascent on Autana in the Venezeulan Amazon

Format Video Category Non-Fiction
Title Autana  Mins 65 
Starring Leo Houlding  RRP  
Director Alastair Lee  Reviews
Edition   Ave Rating **** (4.00 of 5)


User Comments
An epic adventure through the Amazon jungle and then climbing the biggest chosspile I've seen for a long time. Very entertaining watching the "adventurers" getting eaten alive by insects, suffocated in the miasmic jungle, getting psychotic on shamanic potions, all on the approach! The climb itself looked generally hideous too, vertical to overhanging tunneling up mud, choss, waterfalls and most of the hanging gardens of Amazon.

The climbing footage was mostly staged (not faked, but obviously re-enacted for the cameras & drama) but entertaining enough, and anyone with a predilection for climbing choss / old school trad will thoroughly enjoy it. Some sickening exposure as they aid through a giant roof, and the world's coolest bivy cave add to the scenery.

What really made the film is the cinematography (Alastair Lee) - absolutely beautiful. He is a talented photographer & cinematographer, and its hard to believe that he could produce such lovely imagery under such tough conditions, while being a full expedition member.

Anyway, I really enjoyed it, check out the trailer on if you are interested. 


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