Originating from the Basque Country in northern Spain, Iker started climbing with Eneko in 1992 and the brothers soon were exploring the Pyrenees together with their parents. From the beginning it was clear that Iker had an incredible talent for climbing on rock. He has now climbed more than 120 routes between 8c (5.14b) and 9a+ (5.15a) and 8c (5.14b) onsight. But Iker’s true passion was for adventure and this addiction drove him on to ever more exciting feats.
Joining forces with Eneko, the two have united their talents and energies to push new boundaries. The brothers have their differences – Iker is a fan of punk music, Eneko prefers rock and roll – but they share a mutual passion for exploration. Their most iconic achievement is their ‘Seven Walls, Seven Continents’ project in which they climbed the most spectacular wall in each corner of the globe between 2003 and 2008 – a mission which enabled them to explore the unknown and to push the limits of their own endurance, from The Totem Pole in Tasmania to the Zerua Peak of Antarctica.
The brothers have also pushed the boundaries of big wall climbing, making one of the hardest free-climbs to date on the West Face of the Naranjo de Bulnes, a 500m limestone wall leading to the summit of the Picos de Europa massif. With ‘The Hardest of the Alps’, a 2010 project to free climb three of the most difficult alpine routes within one summer, the brothers succeeded in something few people could have dared to dream about. A genuine trailblazer, Iker is proud to know that hundreds of climbers now want to copy his first routes around the world, including The Door (650m, proposed 8b) on Baffin Island in 2012 and Orbayu (8c+/550m) in Spain in 2009.
Iker is now focusing on one or two major expeditions each year, targeting the most aesthetically beautiful mountains around the world where he can create stunning new routes and truly original adventures. As expected from a man with a lifelong passion for mountains and discovery, his favourite climbs are his last one and his next one.
POU BROTHERS BIO
Eneko is born.
Iker is born.
First 300m peak summited- the Taillón in the Pyrenees.
They climb many of the Pyrenees’ highest peaks.
Eneko starts to climb “for real”.
Iker starts to climb “for real”.
They climb Mont Blanc, accompanied by their father.
Iker scends his first 8a, Sentido de la Vida, Etxauri in Navarre, Spain, which
he climbs on sight.
Eneko skis the Couloir de la Y (45º/300m) on the Peña Telera in the
Iker scends Gora Begira ez dago Nekerik (8b+) at El Convento, Álava,
Eneko skis the Norte de la Munia (50º/850m) in the French Pyrenees.
Iker scends Mala Vida (8c) in Oñate, Guipuzcoa, Spain.
Both become instructors in the Escuela Vasca de Alta Montaña (Basque
Eneko skis the Couloir Swan (45-50º/600m), Astazous, French Pyrenees.
Together, and in one day, they make the first free ascent of Pilar del
(8a+/500m) on the Naranjo de Bulnes, Spain.
Eneko skis the Suela de la Zapatilla (50º/200m) on Candanchú in the
Iker scends Guenga (8c+) in Baltzoa, Biscay, Spain. It is the first route of
this grade in the Basque Country.
Eneko scends his first 8a with Malestar General in Oñate, Guipuzcoa,
Eneko joins the Equipo Nacional de Jóvenes Alpinistas (National Young
Eneko travels to climb in Canada and the USA with the Equipo Nacional de
Eneko reaches 7400m on Annapurna, but suffers a cerebral edema which
nearly costs him his life.
Eneko attempts to climb Baghirathi III (6454m), reaching 5400m; and
Ketharthome (6800m), reaching 6300m, both in the Indian Himalaya.
Together they climb The Great Canadian Knife (8a+/850m) on Mount
Proboscis, Canada. They climb all the hard pitches but adverse weather
conditions prevent them from reaching the summit.
Iker makes the second repetition of Action Direct (9a), becoming the
youngest climber to climb the route and the first Spanish climber to reach
Eneko skis the Norte del Monte Perdido (50-55º/900m) in the Pyrenees.
Eneko skis Vía Normal del Midi d’Ossau (55º/650m) and the Couloir la
Fourche (50º/700m), on the Midi d’Ossau in the French Pyrenees.
Together they climb Silbergeier (8b+/250m) on the Ratikon, Switzerland.
Iker climbs Sorginetxe (8b+), the first boulder problem of this grade in
Eneko earns his diploma as a ski instructor.
They begin the 7 Walls, 7 Continents project with El Niño (8a+/850m) on el
Capitán, Yosemite National Park, USA. It is the second free repetition of
Eneko summits Cotopaxi (5896m).
Together they climb Zunbeltz (8b+/500m) on the Naranjo de Bulnes, the
first free ascent. Part of the 7 Walls, 7 Continents project.
Iker climbs Mendeku (9a), Engino, Álava.
Iker scends the famous Baing de Sang (9a), Switzerland.
Bravo les Filles (8b+/600m), Madagascar. 1st free ascent. Part of the 7
Walls, 7 Continents project.
Free Route (7b/65m), the Totem Pole, Tasmania, Australia. First Spanish
free ascent. Part of the 7 Walls, 7 Continents project.
Eternal Flame 8a/1100m, plus the Variante Pou (8a), a variant of Eternal
Flame on the Trango Tower, Karakorum, Pakistan. Part of the 7 Walls, 7
El Quinto Imperio (8b/500m), Naranjo de Bulnes, first free ascent.
Lugorri (8c+/250m), Naranjo de Bulnes, opened and first free ascent.
Eneko skis Correder Norte del Veleta (45-50º/350m), Sierra Nevada,
Supercanaleta (6c/M6/2000m), Fitz Roy, Patagonia, Argentina. Part of the
7 Walls, 7 Continents project.
Schatila (7c/300m), New Age (8a/250m) both in Switzerland, and Freedom
Blue Lagune, Legaxy, Cleopatra, and Batman (7b-7c/250-320m) on sight,
Elefhantenohr (7c+/300m), Wendestock, Switzerland.
First Spanish free ascent Azken Paradizua (7a/M6/750m) on a new peak in
the Antarctica we christen Zerua Peak. After sailing Cape Horn and the
Drake Sea from Ushuaia, Argentina, we opened this route on a virgin peak.
This is the last of the 7 Walls, 7 Continents projects.
Eneko skis Canal Sureste de la Galana (50º/150m), Gredos, Spain.
Regular (5.12b/250m), Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, USA.
Astroman (5.11c/450m) Washington Column, Yosemite National Park,
Eneko scends Sizauer Justizialaria (8b), Etxauri, Navarre, Spain. Second
Pachamama (5a/1000m), Morro Von Rosen (5450m), Argentina. First
ascent of the south face of the Morro Von Rosen.
Vitoria-Gasteiz (85º/600m), Aguja Negra (5350m), Argentina. First ascent
of the south face of the Aguja Negra.
Gure Etxea (60º/900m), Chañi Grande (5896m)- Punta Ibañez (5888m)
and traverse to the Chañi Central, Argenina. First ascent of the north face
of the Punta Ibañez.
Marcados por el Chañi (85º/650m), Chañi Chico (5570m), Argentina. First
climb of the glacier of the south face of the Chañi Chico.
Orbayu (8c+/9ª/500m), Naranjo de Bulnes. Opened in combination with the
route Mediterráneo and first free ascent.
The Hardest of the Alps. Ascents of three of the most difficult routes in the
Alps over one summer: Solo per Vechi Guierrieri (8c/150m), Pan Aroma
(8b/500m), and Zahir (8b+/300m).
Iker scends Demencia Senil (9a+), Margalef, Spain. First repetition.
Eneko scends Maritxu Kilkerra (8b+), Etxauri, Navarre, Spain.
Clasica Moderna (6c/1800m) (400 new meters), Brouillard, Mont Blanc,
Atraveso il Pesce (7b+/1000m), Marmolada, Italy. On sight.
Vía del Tótem (8a/300m), Pao de Azúcar, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. First free
ascent, and in one day.
Athalio del Diablo (8a+/400m), Cristo Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
First free ascent, and in one day.
Eneko scends Ume Gaiztoak (8b+), Etxauri, Navarre, Spain.
Gain official status as Mountain Guides.
The Door (8b/630m), Hotel Mónica (6b+/320m), Levi is coming (6b/490m),
Perfection Valley, Baffin Island, Arctic Circle, Canada. Opening of the
routes and 1st free ascents.
Iker scends Nit de Bruixes (9a+). First free ascent.
Ferrari (IV/6/95º/1000m), Cerro Torre, Patagonia, Argentina. Free ascent.
Kolpez Kolpe (7c+/8a/170m), Sierra de la Tramuntana, Majorca. Opening
and free ascent of the route.
Tarrago (8b+/240m), Montserrat, Catalonia, Spain. First free ascent.
Eneko scends Perestroika (8c) in Majorca, Spain.
We open Pou Brothers Attempt (6c) on the Bhagirathi II (6500m) in the
Indian Himalaya. 600m of new route although we do not reach the summit.
Siberia Expedición, 4 new routes: Aupa!, Mosquito rock tour, two parrots,
into de wild.
Iker first ascent Reikiavik Energy (9a), Majorca, Spain.
Marejada fuerza 6 (8a+/500m) Naranjo, Spain.
Moon and butress 7c/on sight, 400m trad Zaion USA.
Iker first ascent Cleopatra Original (9a), Majorca, Spain.
Patagonia : New route “Aúpa 40”.
Perú Expedición, First free climb “Qua si Ancora” 7c+/8a 600m a (5.400m)
Valle de Rurec.
New route “Zerain” 8a/850m. Valle de Rurec.
Iker first ascent Odisea Americána (9a), Majorca, Spain.
New route “Agur” (8a+?) Taghia, Morocco.
Africa Expedición, New route “Leve Leve” (8b+/450m), Cao Grande, Sao
First free climb Nubivagant (8b/450m), Cao Grande, Sao Tomé.