Home page Planetmountain.com
Iker Pou making the third ascent of Action Directe in Frankenjura, Germany in 2000. Freed by Wolfgang Güllich in 1991, the route was first repeated by Alexander Adler
Photo by Iker Pou archive
Iker Pou making the first ascent of La Nave de los Locos 9a on the island of Mallorca in Spain, January 2020
Photo by N. Colom
Iker Pou freeing Nit de bruixes 9a+ at Margalef, Spain.
Photo by Alberto Lessmann/Red Bull Content Pool
Iker Pou freeing Enemigo Público Nº1 (8c+/9a) at Margalef, Spain
Photo by Víctor Montilla

Iker Pou celebrates 20 years of climbing 9a

by

42-year-old Basque climber Iker Pou has made the first ascent of La Nave de los Locos on the island of Mallorca in Spain. With this ascent he celebrates 20 years of 9a climbing, after sending his first in 2000, Action Directe freed by Wolfgang Güllich in the Frankenjura, Germany.

The youngest of the Pou brothers, Iker Pou, is currently celebrating 20 years of climbing 9a thanks to his recent first ascent of La Nave de los Locos on the island of Majorca in Spain.

The 42-year-old Basque climber impressively entered into the realm of the upper extreme at the start of the new millennium, with his repeat of the 9a par excellence, Action Directe in Germany’s Frankenjura. At the time the route freed by Wolfgang Güllich was still considered one of the most difficult in the world and only Alexander Adler - taking advantage of the fall of the Berlin Wall a few years earlier - had managed to repeat it in 1995.

Pou’s repeat came about after his first 8c in 1996 and his first 8c+ in 1998, and in the ensuing two decades he has continued to plough his way through the grades, excelling above all on explosive routes where fingers of steel are required to power past impossible single finger and two-finger pockets.

In the last twenty years routes that stick out in particular are Bain de Sang (9a) at Saint Loup in Switzerland in 2003, Demencia Senil (9a+) at Margalef in Spain in 2010, Nit de Bruixes (9a+/9b) at Margalef in 2012, Big Men (9a+) on Mallorca in 2015 and Artaburu in 2018. The latter is located at Margalef and according to Pou it is his hardest sport climb to date, checking in at around 9b/+ and still awaiting confirmation.

These are important names and numbers, but only represent one side of the Iker’s coin as with his elder brother Eneko he has established and repeated routes in many of the world’s most famous and inhospitable mountains. The duo have traveled from Patagonia to Peru, from Siberia to Baffin Island, from Mont Blanc to Naranjo de Bulnes and Tre Cime di Lavaredo, from El Capitan in Yosemite to the Trango Towers in the Karakorum. Noteworthy ascents? Silbergeier, Eternal Flame and Supercanaleta to name just three. Listing them all after 20 years of continuous climbing at the highest level would be almost impossible.

Link: FB Hermanos PouLa SportivaPetzlThe North Face

Share


NEWS / Related news:
Iker Pou climbing interview
26.02.2010
Iker Pou climbing interview
Iker Pou from Spain is one of the world's most talented rock climbers, with cutting-edge climbs spanning from 9a+ at the crag to 8a at 6000 meters. In this interview he shares his climbing thoughts after his repeat of Demencia Senil 9a+ at Margalef.
Picos de Europa: Iker Pou, Kico Cerda and Ion Gurutz add new climb to Tiro Pedabejo
22.08.2019
Picos de Europa: Iker Pou, Kico Cerda and Ion Gurutz add new climb to Tiro Pedabejo
Iker Pou, Kico Cerda and Ion Gurutz Lazkoz have made the first ascent of Dardara (200m 7c+/8a, 7b obligatory), a new climb up Tiro Pedabejo in Picos de Europa, Spain
Cashan West climbed in Peru by Iker Pou, Eneko Pou, Manu Ponce
06.08.2019
Cashan West climbed in Peru by Iker Pou, Eneko Pou, Manu Ponce
Iker Pou, Eneko Pou and Manu Ponce have made the first ascent of Andean Kingdom (800m, 7a+), the first route up the North Face of Cashan West (5,686m) in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range of the Andes, Peru.
Huanka Punta, another Peru master climb by Iker Pou, Eneko Pou, Manu Ponce
24.07.2019
Huanka Punta, another Peru master climb by Iker Pou, Eneko Pou, Manu Ponce
Spanish mountaineers Eneko Pou, Iker Pou and Manu Ponce have established Cabeza Clava, a multi-pitch rock climb up Huanka Punta in the SE part of the Cordillera Blanca in Peru.
Cerro Tornillo Peru, Eneko Pou, Iker Pou, Manu Ponce make first ascent of North Face
17.07.2019
Cerro Tornillo Peru, Eneko Pou, Iker Pou, Manu Ponce make first ascent of North Face
On 2 July 2019 Spanish climbers Eneko Pou, Iker Pou, Manu Ponce, accompanied by cameraman Alex Estrada, made the first ascent of the north face of Cerro Tornillo, a striking 4900m peak in the SE part of the Cordillera Blanca in Peru.
Taghia Gorge: Moroccan Honey Moon climb established by Iker Pou, Neus Colom
28.05.2019
Taghia Gorge: Moroccan Honey Moon climb established by Iker Pou, Neus Colom
Newlyweds Iker Pou and Neus Colom have made the first ascent of Honey Moon, a new multi-pitch rock climb in the Taghia Gorge in Morocco’s High Atlas massif.
Aguja de la S in Patagonia: new climb by Iker Pou, Eneko Pou
06.02.2019
Aguja de la S in Patagonia: new climb by Iker Pou, Eneko Pou
Iker Pou and his brother Eneko Pou have made the first ascent of Haizea, a new 550m climb up Aguja de la S in the Fitz Roy massif of Patagonia.
Iker Pou at Margalef frees Artaburu, his hardest climb ever
19.12.2018
Iker Pou at Margalef frees Artaburu, his hardest climb ever
At Margalef in Spain, Basque climber Iker Pou has made the first ascent of Artaburu, his hardest sport climb to date.
Eneko and Iker Pou add difficult new climb to Pico Cão Grande, Sao Tomé
24.07.2018
Eneko and Iker Pou add difficult new climb to Pico Cão Grande, Sao Tomé
On the island of São Tomé in Africa the Spanish brothers Iker and Eneko Pou teamed up with Manu Ponce and Jordi Canyi to establish 'Leve Leve’, a 450 m multi-pitch graded 8b+.
Taghia Gorge, new multi-pitch rock climb in Morocco by Iker Pou, Eneko Pou
08.05.2018
Taghia Gorge, new multi-pitch rock climb in Morocco by Iker Pou, Eneko Pou
Basque brothers Iker and Eneko Pou have made the first ascent of Agur, a new multi-pitch rock climb in the Taghia Gorge (High Atlas massif) in Morocco in memory of Borja Ayed.
Iker Pou frees difficult climbs at Margalef, Spain
29.11.2017
Iker Pou frees difficult climbs at Margalef, Spain
At the Spanish crag Margalef the Basque climber Iker Pou has freed two difficult sport climbs: La Orden del Puño 8c and Pueblo Pequeño Infierno Grande 8c+.
Climbing in Patagonia: Pou brothers add Aguja Guillaumet ascent
01.03.2017
Climbing in Patagonia: Pou brothers add Aguja Guillaumet ascent
Spanish mountaineers Iker Pou and Eneko Pou have established a new mixed climb up the East Face of Aguja Guillaumet in Patagonia. Called 'Aupa 40', the 525m outing breaches difficulties up to 5+, M7 85˚.
Iker Pou adds new 9a climb to Mallorca
14.03.2016
Iker Pou adds new 9a climb to Mallorca
39-year-old Basque climber Iker Pou has made the first ascent of Cleteropa Original 9a on the island of Mallorca, Spain
Big Bilibino rock climbs in Siberia
14.09.2015
Big Bilibino rock climbs in Siberia
In July 2015 Hansjörg Auer, Jacopo Larcher, Eneko Pou, Iker Pou and Siebe Vanhee climbed 8 new routes up the granite big walls close to Bilibino in Russia.
Iker Pou frees Big Men 9a+ at Mallorca
29.04.2015
Iker Pou frees Big Men 9a+ at Mallorca
Iker Pou, the 38-year-old Basque sports climber, has made the first ascent of Big Men 9a+ at Fraguel on the island of Mallorca, Spain
Iker Pou onsights 8c on Mallorca
27.03.2015
Iker Pou onsights 8c on Mallorca
38-year-old Basque sports climber Iker Pou has onsighted his first 8c, Guiris Go Home 8c at Mallorca in Spain.
Montserrat, Eneko and Iker Pou climb Tarragó, the route that no longer exists
16.01.2014
Montserrat, Eneko and Iker Pou climb Tarragó, the route that no longer exists
At the end of November 2013 Iker Pou and his brother Eneko made the first free ascent of La Tarragó at Montserrat in Spain. The 240m line boasted difficulties up to 8b+ but subsequently the bolts were removed by unknown climbers and, as such, no longer exists.
Bombé bleu at Buoux, work in progress for Iker Pou
20.11.2012
Bombé bleu at Buoux, work in progress for Iker Pou
The difficult project Bombé bleu at the French crag Buoux has recently been attempted by Iker Pou.
New free climbs on Baffin Island
27.08.2012
New free climbs on Baffin Island
In June and July 2012 a strong team of international climbers comprised of Hansjörg Auer, Riky Felderer, Ben Lepesant, Matteo Mocellin, William Peterson, Eneko Pou and Iker Pou forged 4 new free climbs on Baffin Island’s East Coast, including The Door 8b.
Iker Pou, new routes at Margalef and Ilarduia
27.02.2012
Iker Pou, new routes at Margalef and Ilarduia
Iker Pou has freed Enemigo Público Nº1 8c+/9a) at the Spanish crag Margalef, while at Ilarduia he has freed Harroputza 9a.
Iker Pou, the video of Nit de bruixes 9a+ at Margalef
10.02.2012
Iker Pou, the video of Nit de bruixes 9a+ at Margalef
The video of the first ascent of Nit de bruixes 9a+ at Margalef in Spain by Iker Pou.
Iker Pou, new routes at Margalef and Ilarduia
27.02.2012
Iker Pou, new routes at Margalef and Ilarduia
Iker Pou has freed Enemigo Público Nº1 8c+/9a) at the Spanish crag Margalef, while at Ilarduia he has freed Harroputza 9a.
Hervé Barmasse, Iker and Eneko Pou and the new Brouillard route up Mont Blanc
06.08.2011
Hervé Barmasse, Iker and Eneko Pou and the new Brouillard route up Mont Blanc
Interview with Hervé Barmasse, Iker and Eneko Pou after La Classica Moderna' the new route the trio esablished up the Left Pillar of Brouillard on Mont Blanc.
La Classica Moderna, new route on Mont Blanc by Barmasse and Pou brothers
04.08.2011
La Classica Moderna, new route on Mont Blanc by Barmasse and Pou brothers
On 1 August Hervè Barmasse, Iker and Eneko Pou established La Classica Moderna - The Modern Classic - up the Left Pillar of Brouillard on the Italian side of Mont Blanc.
Hardest of the Alps, the video of Iker and Eneko Pou's climbing quest
03.05.2011
Hardest of the Alps, the video of Iker and Eneko Pou's climbing quest
The video Iker Pou and Eneko Pou and their search for the hardest routes in the Alps and their meetings with some of the main players: Manolo, Alexander Huber and Beat Kammerlander.
Zahir 8b+ on the Wendenstöcke repeated by Iker and Eneko Pou
07.10.2010
Zahir 8b+ on the Wendenstöcke repeated by Iker and Eneko Pou
Iker and Eneko Pou from Spain have repeated Zahir 8b+ on the Wendenstöcke, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland
Pan Aroma on Cima Ovest di Lavaredo by Iker Pou
12.08.2010
Pan Aroma on Cima Ovest di Lavaredo by Iker Pou
On 14/08/2010 Iker Pou repeated "Pan Aroma" 8c on the North Face of Cima Ovest di Lavaredo, Dolomites
Solo per vecchi guerrieri by Iker and Eneko Pou
01.07.2010
Solo per vecchi guerrieri by Iker and Eneko Pou
Iker Pou has carried out the fifth ascent of Solo per vecchi guerrieri, the beautiful and difficult route first ascended by Maurizio "Manolo" Zanolla on the N Face of "El Colaz" in the Vette Feltrine (Dolomites).
Iker Pou climbing interview
26.02.2010
Iker Pou climbing interview
Iker Pou from Spain is one of the world's most talented rock climbers, with cutting-edge climbs spanning from 9a+ at the crag to 8a at 6000 meters. In this interview he shares his climbing thoughts after his repeat of Demencia Senil 9a+ at Margalef.
Orbayu 8c+/9a on Naranjo de Bulnes for Iker and Eneko Pou
09.09.2009
Orbayu 8c+/9a on Naranjo de Bulnes for Iker and Eneko Pou
In August 2009 the Spanish brothers Eneko and Iker Pou carried out the first ascent of Orbayu 8c+/9a, 510m Naranjo de Bulnes, Picos de Europa, Spain which they describe as their most important route ever.
08.06.2001
Iker Pou's European climbing tour
In two months Iker Pou repeats Fred Nicole’s Elfe in Switzerland, and a number or testpieces in the Frankenjura, including Maharadscha Fb 8b, Showdown (8c), Raubritter (8c) and Wolfgang Güllich’s rarely repeated Wallstreet Original (8c/8c+)

SEARCH news

ZONE

CATEGORY

Full text search

AUTHOR

EXPO / Products
EXPO / Company News
Planetmountain.com logo
Planetmountain.com: climbing, alpinism, mountaineering, trekking, via ferrata, freeride skiing, ski mountaineering, snowboarding and ice climbing worldwide. Furthermore the site contains technical gear reviews, book and film reviews, expert advice, mountain photos, sport climbing competitions.
INFO
The information is indicative and subject to change due to the nature of the mountain environment. Given the inherently risky nature of the activities described within, Planetmountain.com does not assume any responsibility for the use of the information published.
NEWSLETTER

SUBSCRIBE to receive the weekly newsletter with all the latest news from planetmountain.com

Recent Comments Ice
  • L'uomo Volante
    Il 10 giugno 2017, insieme all'amico Michele, decidiamo di r ...
    2017-07-12 / Enrico Maioni
  • Gallo George
    Il 16 luglio 2016, invogliati dalla relazione, ci siamo avve ...
    2017-07-12 / Enrico Maioni
  • All-in
    Francesco Salvaterra e Filippo Mosca 27 gennaio 2017, probab ...
    2017-02-02 / Francesco Salvaterra
  • Una via per te fatta in tre
    Prima ripetizione effettuata il 3/11. Da rettificare la diff ...
    2015-11-13 / maurizio piller%20hoffer