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Bereziartu and Pou climb multi-pitch "El Pilar del Cantabrico", Picos De Europa

16.07.2002 by

Josune Bereziartu and Iker Pou climb the multi-pitch "El Pilar del Cantabrico", El Naranjo de Bulnes, Picos De Europa, Spain, with difficulties up to 8a+

While making a film for Spanish television Josune Bereziartu and Iker Pou climbed the multi-pitch "El Pilar del Cantabrico", situated on the magnificent El Naranjo de Bulnes in the Picos De Europa range. First ascended in 1981 and originally graded A2+, the 500m limestone line goes free at 8a+.

The distance between the old bolts made the route psychologically demanding, but Bereziartu and Pou chose not to replace any of the original gear and quickly worked the first half of the route. Setting off at 8:45am, they shared leads to climb the route in a single, fall-free push and topped out at 10pm.

Pou, who had already climbed the route in 1997, and Bereziartu are famed for redpoint ascents of some of the hardest boulder problems and sports routes around, such as Action Direct 9a and Noia 8c+ respectively. Could this be an indication of new things to come?


"El Pilar del Cantabrico"
7b+, 8a, 8a+, 7c+, 7b, 7a+, 6c, 6c+, 6b+, 6a, 6a, V+, V+.

- Macumba Club
- La Travesia De Balzola, 8C+/9A
- Bereziartu climbs Noia 8c+
- Iker Pou's European tour 2001




Josune Bereziartu and Iker Pou climbing "El Pilar del Cantabrico"




The amazing 500 meter high limestone El Naranjo de Bulnes
Photos Bereziartu collection

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