Iker Pou in viaggio di nozze… a Taghia!

“Honeymoon” è la nuova via di Iker insieme alla neo-moglie

I campioni non si rilassano neanche in viaggio di nozze, o meglio… si rilassano facendo la cosa più bella del mondo, cioè scalare. Ecco allora Iker Pou e Neus Colom, che dopo le nozze a Mallorca sono volati in Marocco per aprire una via nuova a suggello del momento davvero particolare della loro vita. Nascono quindi sull’Oujdad i nove tiri di “Honeymoon”, che arriva al massimo al 7b+, ben sotto alle normali attività verticali di Iker.

Once again they revisit the Moroccan Atlas mountain range to carry out a new opening in Taghia. This Berber village is at an altitude of 2,000 meters, and is the starting point for the wall of the Oujdad-where they have established their new route-which begins at 2,400 meters and ends at an altitude of 2,800, surrounded by beautiful mountains of up to 3,400.But this time it is not a trip like any other, but the “Honey Moon” of Iker and Neus Colom !, who were married on May 4 in the beautiful Mallorcan town of Alaro. “We already know that it is not what is meant by a normal” Honey Moon “, but climbing is really what we like, and we wanted to open a new route together in
this wonderful massif, and leave our mark that we will always remember ” It has not been an easy task to open this new route of nine pitches that have been called, -like no! -, “Honey Moon” and that has difficulties of up to 7b + and 330 meters. The new line crosses the imposing southwestern wall of the OUJDAD, reason why it has made them early to be able to take advantage of the hours of shade, since the high temperatures made it impossible for them to climb in the sun. Totally the opposite of what happened last year with Eneko in this same massif, where snow and water were the protagonists at the time of opening “AGUR”. “Honey Moon is open like the rest of our routes: From below and in free. Auto protecting us with floating material (Friends and stoppers) when possible, and putting bolts when there is no other choice. To put the bolts-as other times-, we
use the hooks to hang and drill, but always climbing in free. “
A style of openness with impeccable ethics, which has made famous many of the routes that the Pou have opened around the world.The opening took four days and they used one more day to be able to redpoint it in one push. Five intense days therefore, sounding the alarm clock at 4:00 in the morning, carrying a lot of weight to the base, with big jumarings, and above all,
with a lot of tension in the opening, when doing it in this clean style and without traps, which requires a great mental balance. <“We think it will become a very persecuted road in the future, since the quality of the rock is exceptional, and crosses one of the most aesthetic walls of Taghia”To be able to repeat it, it will be necessary to play a one racs of friends from 0.1 to 2. The route can be climbed and rappelled with an 80 meter rope. All belays
are mounted with two rappelling rings. “This is therefore our second opening in this world paradise of climbing that isTaghia, after the one achieved in 2.108 with” Agur “, which we dedicate to the ill-fated Madrid climber Borja Ayed” “And now we have to continue training with our sights set on our next expedition that will almost certainly take us to the Andes at the end of June”

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