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Profile Boreal athlete Ekaitz Maiz
Ekaitz Maiz

Ekaitz Maiz

Iruña, Spain
Ekaitz is a climber and mountaineer with over 20 years experience. His CV includes the first ascents of over 400 routes, including some stunning 9a lines. Ekaitz is most comfortable in wild and remote places, climbing winter routes on the Grandes Jorasses and Eiger, and further afield in Norway and Karakorum. His winter FA’s include the Ansabere Towers in the Pyrenees, and North Face of Marbore.

Best moments

  • Red point to "Begi puntuan"
  • "Agur eta ohore" (300m 8a) opening in Marbore tower 3009m
  • Climb "Eternal flame" (1000m 7b+, A2) in Nameless tower 6251m in 36 hours


  • To drink beer with friends after a day climbing.
  • Gearing up at the base of a route.
  • Finding an unclimbed line for a first ascent.
  • Route-setting.
  • Spending time having fun with my climbing partner.


Ekaitz is one of Spain’s best all-round climbers. Highly motivated and with a constant stream of first ascents to his name, his main goal has never changed: to have fun. 


Short Sport Curriculum Vitae

  • Highest sport grade: 9a ( Begi puntuan (Etxauri) in 2007)

  • Highest on sight grade: 8b ( Karma Lezaia in 2008)

  • Highest Boulder grade: 8b+ ( Harribizi harribitxi Aizpun in 2008)

  • Highest grade on ice: WI6 ( Mingangjelet 300m in Noruega)

  • Highest grade in Dry Tooling: M8 ( Harritxoriak in Candanchu)

  • Many FAs in the Pyrenees.