Angel Falls is a magnificent waterfall in Venezuela and is the highest uninterrupted waterfall on earth. It is 19 times higher than the Niagara Falls! It boasts a height of 3,212 ft. (979 m) and an incredible plunge of 2,648 ft (807 m)! Angel Falls drops over the edge of the Auyantepui mountain in the Canaima National Park.
It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the Gran Sabana region of Bolivar State. The height figure consists of the main plunge but also includes approximately 1,300 ft (400 m) of sloped cascades and rapids below the drop, as well as a 98 ft (30 m) high plunge downstream of the talus rapids.
Angel Falls Discovery
This marvel of geology is on the Gauja River (alternatively known as the Kerep River or Kerepacupai), which flows into the Churun River, a tributary of the Carrao River. The waterfall has been known as the “Angel Falls” since the mid-twentieth century, they are named after a United States aviator, Jimmie Angel, who was the first person to fly over the falls. Angel’s ashes were scattered over the falls on July 2, 1960.
Returning on 9 October 1937, Angel tried to land his monoplane atop Auyan-tepui, but the plane was damaged when the wheels sank into the marshy ground. Angel and his three companions, including his wife Marie, were forced to descend the tepui on foot. It took them 11 days to make their way back to civilization via the gradually sloping backside but news of their adventure spread and the waterfall was named Angel Falls in his honor.
Angel Falls Scaling
The official height of Angel Falls was determined by a survey carried out by an expedition organized and financed by American journalist Ruth Robertson on 13 May 1949. The first known attempt to climb the face of the cliff was made in 1968 during the wet season. It failed because of slippery rock. In 1969 a second attempt was made during the dry season. This attempt failed due to a lack of water and an overhang 400 ft (120 m) from the summit. The first climb to the top of the cliff was completed on January 13, 1971. The climbers required nine and a half days to ascend and one and a half days to rappel down.