Martín Elías

Pura motivación

We usually find Martin smiling in the morning while having a coffee on the porch of a church near the multiple walls he has climbed.  Is a multipurpose climber, both in rock and in mixed, bold and eager to discover new walls, has made the Pyrenees his laboratory of tests to put into practice all these ideas that happen to him for the head.

With the minimal possible equipment and always in good company he is able to open a line on that wall that no one had ever dared. Worthy heir of the passion that his more frequent companions of roped team have transmitted.

Among the routes that he has climbed in the Pyrenees, there are numerous openings such as: Sin casa, sin Perro y sin Jardín in Peña Montañesa, Les Gens du Voyage in Peña de Sin, Los Prismáticos de Gavin in Ordesa or Memento Mori in the Gavarnie's third Wall. Among many others that he thinks that they can come to forty routes opened in the last six years.

Now he lives in Chamonix where he is motivated by his mountain guide profession and in his free time he repeats routes that "punctuate" as himself explains. Among them are the first repetition of Ecaille Epique, and the third repetition of Les Barbares in the basin of Argentiere.

The classic north faces like the Mackintire Colton in the Jorasses, Ginat to Les droites, North Face of the Eiger, Gabarrou Silvy to the Nant Blanc are classic and those almost do not count, he says smiling, but he has a few annotations in his small notebook where he immortalizes the anecdotes and the material needed for every route.

In 2014 he has climbed the Walker in winter, the first on the day of the Gousseault Desmaison, and the Direct de l'Amitier, all in the desired Jorasses.

At sunset, is usually found him in the center of Chamonix having a beer and laughing at the life heartily, certainly not wasting time.

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