With the route To Su Pu ** Madre A Caballo in Los Cahorros, Granada (Spain), blind paraclimber Javier Aguilar climbs the first 7c route of his career.
A contribution by Franziska Helfer
The 37-year-old was born blind. However, that never stopped him from going beyond his limits. Javier was a Paralympic swimmer and took part in the World Championships in Sydney in 2000. When he finished his swimmer career, he was looking for a new sport and started climbing at the age of 30. In 2019 he won the silver medal at the Paraclimbing World Championship in Briançon, and now he is climbing a 7c route rotpunkt for the first time.
By climbing he met Urko carmona, a one-legged paraclimber who climbs 8a + himself. He became Aguilar's coach and close friend. Together with Urko, Javier started to develop his climbing techniques.
Javier Aguilar during indoor training
This is how Javier Aguilar works when planning routes
For new projects, Aguilar climbs first in the top rope and with the verbal help of his belayer, who draws his attention to handles and kicks. Then he scans the rock and memorizes the climbing sequence. Only when he has memorized the route and feels well prepared does he start attempting the lead.
After ten toprope attempts, Javier felt ready to try the red dot: “The clipping messed up my sequence a bit. I extended a few exes, but could not cliff and fell once. ”The fall does not scare the native of Madrid, and on his second attempt on June 16, 2020, he succeeds in redpointing the route To Su Pu ** Madre A Caballo.
For the Spanish speakers among you, you can find one here detailed interview of the Spanish podcast Rock & Joy with Aguilar.
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Credits: Text by Franziska Helfer, images by Migue Sancho from Rock & Joy