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Monday, June 13, 2011

Climbing Uncharted Structures

Looking like ants in a giant rock garden, intrepid climbers become the first to scale uncharted 1,000ft structures in a land that time forgot

If you blinked, you might miss these two intrepid climbers, looking like ants in a giant rock garden.

But they made history by being the first mountaineers to ascend an awesome formation in a remote part of Chad.

Untouched by humans, this is the stunning desert home to the stacks, arches and 1,000 feet walls of rock that dominate the Ennedi Plateau - long regarded as the holy grail of the climbing community.

'It's fair to say we were like kids in a candy store', said climber and photographer Jimmy Chin. 'This was like finding a new continent for climbers, literally. I was stunned at the rugged nature of the landscape.'

Making history: Two of the climbers ascend the 'Wine Bottle' rock for the first time in Chad's remote Ennedi desert after travelling hundreds of miles across desert

Climbing: James Pearson is seen making the first ascent of the 'Citadel' formation in the Ennedi desert in Chad

Is it much further? James Pearson climbing the Arch of Bishekele with the backdrop of the stunning Ennedi desert

Swinging time: An awesome shot of Alex Honnold and James Pearson rappelling off the Arch of Bishekele after climbing to the top

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