Eneko and Iker Pou have established a lot of routes in Peru, including one in 2019 which they didn’t free due to an injury. The Basque brothers are back in the Andes for a few months, and have freed their three-year-old 160-metre project at 5.13a.
Aupa Gasteiz sits at an altitude of 4,000 metres above the town of Huaraz at La Quebrada de Yaca, and climbs five pitches with nothing easier than 5.12. “It is a beautiful and aesthetic wall. The first time we saw it, we thought it was like El Capitan in Yosemite, a smaller but much higher version,” they said.
During an attempt during their last visit, a falling rock left Eneko with a bad leg wound which required healing time.
Some of their most incredible new routes in Peru, include Cabeza Clava (470-metre 5.11 slab), Zerain (860-metre 5.13/some aid), Leire (300-metre 5.10 on Huanka Punta), and ¡Viva Perú Carajo! (M7 80° alpine route) on Nevado Huamashraju Este.