Spanish brothers and mountaineers Iker and Eneko Pou put up their second first ascent in Patagonia on January 9. Haizea, 5.12c, is the new 550-meter splitter line in the Aguja de la S in the Fitz Roy range of Patagonia. The line was so pristine, that the brothers didn’t place any fixed gear, save for a single piton which they later removed.
Haizea starts as a traverse left of the ramp, and ends with the two pitches of La Femme de ma Vie. The pair climbed it in 12 hours—19 hours camp-to-camp—taking advantage of a brief weather window amidst the infamous Patagonian storms.
The two also put up Aupa 40 on Aguja Guillaumet in 2017.
The Pou brothers are constantly on the move, climbing all over the world, seamlessly shifting between disciplines. At the end of 2018, Iker established his hardest sport climb to date, Artaburu, which he suggested could be in the 5.15b-range, though he declined to grade it definitively.
Watch Iker and Eneko Pou on Haizea, 5.12c