The Hard Urriellu
In the summer of 2009 we spent many days of effort and excitement creating Orbayu; and several days more trying to free climb it.
the pitch without any problems using that variant. The ethical conundrum that this posed to us was that we had to stray seven metres to the right of the original line returning to it a little further up, seven metres to the left. Halfway along the traverse is a rest without hands…
intended from the start.
This summer (2011) marks the first repetition of this route, by the hands of Nicolas Favresse and Adam Pustelnik.
They beg to differ with our appraisal of the route’s grade believing the route to be below our estimitation, with Nicolas suggesting 8b+ and Adam (who is similar in stature to Iker) 8c, despite that fact that they used the original system.
on the effort (the number of attempts) we put into it.
At the time when we created the route, Iker was climbing 8cs on the second attempt, had on-sighted a few 8b+s, as well as a few 8c+s in four or five attempts, all in Etxauri (Navarre) on corroborated routes and in the same climbing style as Orbayu.