Black Diamond athlete Patxi Usobiaga has won World Cups, world championships, and onsighted 8c+. Now? Injuries from a nasty car wreck have forced him to retire from the training rigors required for competition climbing and high-end sport climbing.
Patxi, forever obsessed with climbing, has redirected his motivations and aspirations into enjoying the freedom and adventure of multi-pitching on Europe's endless limestone alpine walls. The video below was shot on the immaculate walls of Austria's Rätikon by Bernardo Gimenez and does a wonderful job of profiling Patxi's transition in his climbing life.