Born in the Basque Country of northern Spain, Eneko fell in love with climbing as a child on trips to the Pyrenees and the Alps with his parents and brother, fellow The North Face team mate, Iker. He was selected as a member of the first Spanish Young Mountaineer Team as a teenager, but his interests expanded beyond mountaineering and he was eventually drawn to big-wall climbing.
Through uniting his ‘thinking’ with his brother’s ‘action’ together Eneko and Iker have achieved some of their most awe-inspiring expeditions. Hungry to travel, to meet new people, to venture into the unknown and to explore their limits, they have journeyed around the world in search of new challenges. Between 2003 and 2008 they completed ‘Seven Walls, Seven Continents’, ascending a challenging wall on each of the world’s continents, finishing with a first ascent of a virgin mountain called Sky Peak in Antarctica.
The brothers lay claim to one of the hardest free climbs to date, on the West Face of the Naranjo de Bulnes-Orbayu, a 500m limestone wall leading to the summit of the Picos de Europa massif in the Spanish Pyrenees. Another highlight was 'The Hardest of the Alps' - a project to free climb three of the most difficult alpine routes in the summer of 2010. Eneko has also accomplished extreme ski descents in the Pyrenees and expeditions to high-altitude mountains, including Annapurna (8051m).
In the future Eneko wants to explore the mountains in two directions: major expeditions in exotic locations, mirroring his trips to Baffin Island in 2012 and Siberia in 2015, and highly technical sport climbing closer to home, which push his body and mind to new limits.