Iker Pou on Akelarre, 9a
UKC News, Jun 2011
© Jabi Baraiazarra
Iker Pou, one of the world's premiere all rounders, has recently made the first ascents of two high end routes near his home in the Basque country.
Two real gems. The first is Akelarre which is a 65-metre 9a, and the second Celedon Txiki, a 30-metre 8c+/9a route.
Celedon Txiki is different; an overhanging line with a wide variety of different moves, it is rooted in strength and stamina. It proved quite difficult for me, and I had to make a great many attempts in order to complete the sequence correctly and not tire.
Calling Iker a world class all rounder is no exaggeration. So far he has bouldered 8B+, sport climbed 9a+ and done multipitches up to ~9a.
Iker Pou is sponsored by: The North Face, La Sportiva, Petzl, Beal and Euskaltel.