Urko was born in March of 1981 in Barcelona. Throughout his childhood, he lived in many different places—from Guadalajara to the Canary Islands and Galicia to India—and it was not until he was 12 years old that he settled in Alicante.
At the age of 14 he spent the summer at the Lluís Estasen hut in the Catalan Pyrenees. There Urko started climbing together with Joan Martí, at that time the shelter’s caretaker. Urko climbed mainly long and classic routes on the walls of Catalonia, Huesca and Alicante.
After a serious traffic accident at the age of 16, Urko lost his right leg. Even so, through the long rehabilitation period, he made it clear, he wanted to climb again. “After seeing that it was not only possible, but I could also continue evolving, I decided to keep going,” he says.
Today, Urko has been climbing for more than 20 years with great enthusiasm and constant improvement. The accident became a source of motivation. He has managed to redpoint routes of the eighth grade and become a three-time para-climbing champion.
Urko plans to continue enjoying the mountains, climbing, and competition as intensely as ever, with the determination that everything is possible.