Watch the Pou Bros Send Untouched Peruvian Snow & Ice

First ascents of climbs in big mountains come with rewards and costs — sometimes in more than just dollars and cents.

Eneko and Iker Pou know what it takes to pull off first climbs of unexplored terrain. Per the duo’s website, the “Hermanos Pou” have logged over 4.1 million feet of climbing throughout a career that’s lasted decades.

Few climbers have matched the productivity of the brothers’ freewheeling yet determined lifestyle. Years on, their psych remains pure.

Get a taste of what makes the team tick in this short clip as they hunt first ascents in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca. Brand-new climbs include “Hanan Pacha” (90-degree snow, 1,394 feet) and “Emmoa” (M6, 75 degrees, 2,099 feet).

Runtime: 2.5 minutes

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Sam Anderson

Sam has roamed the American continent to follow adventures, explore natural wonders, and find good stories. After going to college to be a writer, he got distracted (or saved) by rock climbing and spent most of the next decade on the road, supporting himself with trade work. He's had addresses in the Adirondack Mountains, Las Vegas, and somehow Kansas, but his heart belongs in the Texas hill country.

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