Patxi Usobiaga surpasses himself on Pachamama at Oliana
Basque climber Patxi Usobiaga has climbed his hardest route to date, Pachamama 9a+/b at Oliana in Spain.
It was only the other day that we introduced 'El Luchador', i.e. Patxi Usobiaga the fighter who after a long layoff due to injury was attempting to take his climbing to another level by climbing Pachamama, a 9a+/b at Oliana in Spain freed by Chris Sharma in 2009. The 36-year-old has now repeated this 40 meter stamina test, telling planetmountain.com "Words fail me. I’ve dreamt about this moment for 8 years."
With this route the Basque climber has once again demonstrated the grit and determination that netted him three 9a+ in the past: Biographie at Ceuse in France in 2004, La Rambla at Siurana in 2007 and - after his injury and long rehab - Papichulo at Oliana last March. Worth mentioning is obviously his most famous climb of all: the world’s first 8c+ onsight, up Bizi euskaraz at Etxauri in Spain.
Unsurprisingly, Usobiaga has a pristine competition background. His numerous accolades include winning the Lead World Cup in 2006 and 2007, winning the Arco Rock Master in 2008 and the 2009 World Championship.
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