Eneko & Iker Pou free Jon on La Leze arch in Spain
Across the La Leze arch in Spain Basque rock climbers Iker and Eneko Pou have made the first free ascent of the spectacular multipitch Jon, first ascended by Rafael Heras and José Otxoa de Eribe in 1992.
Generations of climbers have honed their skills on the imposing La Leze cave in the Álava region of Spain. One of the most spectacular routes at Cueva de la Leze crosses the entire arch and was first ascended in 1992 by locals Rafael Heras and José Otxoa de Eribe. Called Jon, the 5-pitch outing has now been freed by Iker and Eneko Pou who suggest difficulties in the region of 8b.
The ascent was of particular significane to the Basque brothers, as "We started climbing in this school at the beginning of the 90's, like all generations of Alava mountaineers before ours. People like Ángel Rosen, Juan Ignacio Lorente, Juanito Oiarzabal, Adolfo Madinabeitia, Atxo Apellaniz or Antonio Miranda, among many others, grew up among these rocks"