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Ekaitz Maiz

Name : Maiz

First name : Ekaitz

Age : 39 years

Nationality / Country of origin : Spain (Basque Country)

"Come on, we see it and decide what we can do. But we will not stay with the desire to try."
I like all mountain aspects. So, I'm passionate about climbing, ice climbing, bouldering, mountaineering, expeditions and trips, among others. Of course, all my projects are always linked to nature and isolated spaces.
Few words that define you as an athlete:
Always motivated, constant and looking new routes to climb.

Few words that define you as a person :
Some friends call me "The devil" for inciting them to do things when they’re in doubt.

What are your passions besides skiing / climbing / mountaineering / trail running ?
I love cycling: I travelled a lot in Pyrenees, Alps, France, Belgium on the bike.

Your best and worst memory in the mountains :
I don't know what is my best moment in the mountain; I have a lot of great memories climbing, after climbing, on trip or during expeditions. I love the sensation of be involved in a project and feel it closer.
The worst moment is the loss of friend in mountain.

Why do you feel part of the Millet family ?
As I said before, I like all the aspects of mountain environment and activities. I feel part of the Millet team, as I feel friend with someone that I can find on the mountains.

What does that mean about you, Rise Up ?
For me Rise Up is the motivation for climbing, from the mountain near home, to the furthest.

Why do you advise people to go out in the mountains to do outdoor activities ?
I think that the feelings that we get on the mountain can never be achieved in a gym. I’m talking about incomparable emotions that are only achieved in this environment. That’s why I encourage people to look for this.
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Achievements & future projects
I am a climber and alpinist with more than 20 years of experience. Throughout all this time, managed to achieve several routes of 9a, several winter and summer openings in emblematic alpine walls of Pyrenees. I made several expeditions to Karakorum, Himalaya, Patagonia, Peru... and I have always climbed around the world. But I'm always looking for new trips…

Climbing:
Begi Puntuan 9; Harri Gosea 9a; Sistematik ihes 9a; Enbor bereko ezpalak 9a; Basapiztien eremua 9a. On Sight: Karma 8b; El heroe estajanovista 8b; Adam, Morgan... 8b.

Bouldering:
Harribizi Harribitxi 8b+.

Opened climbing by down and achieved routes:
Aiguilles d'Ansabere (Pyrenees): Borrokan Aske 8a 250m; Amalur 8a 250m;
North Face of Tour du Marbore (Pyrenees): Hyperamort 7a 300m; Izarren hautsa 7a 300m (In winter); Agur eta ohore 8a 300m; Nafarroa bizirik 8a+/b.
Atxerito West Face (Pyrenees): Iraultza Gorria 8b 200m.
Pic du Cascade (Pyrenees): Bizipoza 8b+ 400m.
La Zapatilla(Pyrenees): Harritxoriak WI5, M8, 6c.
Punta Taxeras (Pyrenees): Koliseum ABO M10, WI5+, A3 380m.
More than 20 routes opened in Pyrenees.

Expeditions:
Karakorum: Big Trango Tower. Attempt to Bushido (1.960 m, A4, VII+) go down after 10 days on the wall; Nameless Tower, Eternal Flame 900m VI, 7b+, A2; Shipton Spire: attempt to Women and chalk 8a 1150m.
Garwal Himalaya: Thalay Sagar, opened Askatasun Taupadak M5/6, WI4+, A3 700m;
Cordillera Blanca (Perù) : La Esfinge, Cruz del Sur 7b 850m.

Upcoming projects:
In short time, I would like to try some routes that I have opened in Pyrenees; If the conditions are well, I have a lot of routes that I want to do in the Alps. And go to sport climbing all of times that I can. In summer, I'm looking for go to South Africa to climbing Trad and Multi Pitch. And after summer I'm looking for expedition to Nepal.