Ibai Rico

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Hometown: Vitoria- Gasteiz

"When I was 8 years old I felt a call from the mountains, to climb them, live them, love them. Since that core was created I have been pursuing my mountain dreams; glaciology and science to understand the mountains, climbing and exploring as a way of personal development - guiding and moving to the mountains as professional development and way of life.

Skout fits perfectly with the demands of my lifestyle, either skiing steep slopes in Chile, climbing a north face in the alps, doing fieldwork in a remote glacier in Alaska or simply going for a weekend adventure back home in the Pyrenees. It fuels me with strength and gives those moments the taste of healthy energy.” 

Why Skout: Skout products have fueled recent expeditions and climbs and it has been a very satisfactory experience to test the bars in extraordinary hard alpine conditions. I believe that alpine style climbing exploration requires a large portion of will and spiritual strength, but also careful planning of strategy, including food products that are light, tasty and most importantly high on energy and nourishment.

Fav. Product: Energy and the protein bars. Great power and taste.

2018 Accomplishments:

Winter and Spring: Worked on snow hidrology in alpine environments in the Pyrenees conducting a lot of fieldwork, digging snow-pits, maintaining weather stations and also enjoying some of the best ski days ever.

Also in this period I went to Norway and the Alps for climbing and ski trips as part of my part of my  IFMGA Mountain guide Trainee program (qualified level 2 and working on the final level 3).

From June till mid august I went to the Juneau Icefield Research Program to work as Safety Manager.

In late august, together with some research colleagues we traveled to the relatively unexplored and very remote Pariacaca range in Peru in order to conduct glaciology fieldwork to understand recent glacier changes in the area. We made tow ascents to very rarely climbed summits in order to measure more accurately their summits, these were  Sulcon (5650 m) and Pariacaca (5760 m). All this range has huge potential for more technical climbing as well as very interesting glacial processes affecting water resources and landscape changes in the region.

Since October I have been teaching physical geography at the University of the Basque country, but rock climbing quite a lot in the mediterranean area, doing some of the top10 multi-pitch of the sea cliffs climbs.