Iker and Eneko Pou have made the first ascents of the 400-metre Leve Leve 5.14a on Pico Cao Grande (Big Dog) in Africa.
The Pou brothers also made the first free ascent of Nubivagant, a 450-metre 5.13d.
The wall is located on the island of São Tomé off the west coast of central Africa and is on the second largest volcanic plug on the planet.
The brothers teamed up with Manu Ponce and Jordi Canyi to establish Leve Leve and had to deal with heavy fog and wet rock after a few days of heavy rain.
Otro croquis, unos cuantos números y unas cuantas letras, que guardan dentro un tesoro de incalculable valor: Un saco de vivencias irrepetibles! #puravida #saotome #africa #aventura #montañas #passion #love Another topo, a few numbers and a few letters, that keep inside a treasure of incalculable value: A sack of unrepeatable experiences! @thenorthfacede @thenorthfaceuk @petzl_official @lasportivagram @lasportivana @lasportivaspain @slastikbcn
Nubivagant was first climbed in June 2016 by Sergio Almada Berreta and Gareth Lia with a few moves of A0. It was possibly the second or third ascent of the formation to the top.
Leve leve is the third part the Pou Brothers’ The North Face Four Elements project.
The first known ascent of Pico Cao Grande was in 1975 by Jorge Marques Trabulo, Constantino Bragança and Cosme Pires de Santos, after several attempts.
The climbers improvised techniques and equipment, including the use of long aluminum ladders.
In February 1991, three Japanese climbers (Naotoshi Agata, Kenichi Moriyama and Yosuke Takahashi) spent two weeks climbing a route up the southeast buttress in 18 pitches at 5.10a A2.
In 2014, Hector Fernandez González and Victor Sánchez Martinez started a new aid climb on the east face but never finished it.
CAO GRANDE Abriendo el cuarto largo. Después de haber superado los complicados y impresionantes largos del desplome. CAO GRANDE Opening the four pitch. After having overcome the complicated and impressive pitches of the roof. #neverstopexploring #thenorthface4elementos @thenorthface @thenorthface_climb @thenorthfaceuk @thenorthfacede @petzl_official @lasportivagram @lasportivaspain @slastikbcn @totemcams @fotoikatz @sanpower.es @coreclimbing @kleankanteen #wildlife #jungle