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Daila Ojeda Sanchez

Climbing is formative: "I started climbing when I was 19 years old, after having watched a bouldering competition in the village where I was born. It completely changed my life. Before, I participated in mostly sea-oriented sports such as bodyboarding and surfing. I was always at the beach, which is perfectly normal when you live in the Canary Islands. My friends from Gran Canaria taught me that climbing is more than a sport, that it is a true way of life. This experience changed me. I temporarily left the island and moved to Catalonia, one of the best places in the word for rock climbing. I went from a maritime paradise to a rock paradise. I have always had a passion for the outdoors. In the Canary Islands, both the ocean and nature are an integral part of the culture. I started surfing when I was very young. I’ve always been linked to this sort of activity, where the rules and traditions form a union between nature and oneself."

Daila Ojeda Sanchez

Profile of Daila

  • Date of birth : June 30 1981
  • Current status : Professional climber
  • Hometown : Catalonia (Spain)
  • Activities : Rock climbing, Multi-pitch climbing, Bouldering
  • Training : Training for climbing instructor certification
  • Joined the Petzl Team : January 1 2007

Presentation

"With the exception of family, climbing is the most important thing in my life."

"Thanks to climbing I met the most incredible people through climbing. I’ve been to places that you just can’t experience if you don’t climb. In the end climbing allowed me to become who I am today. I’ve been lucky to be able to experience this discovery. For me climbing is a special kind of physical activity, formative activity that teaches you about the absolute. Climbing keeps me in contact with nature and teaches me to respect the environment. It allows me to discover who I am each and every day. Climbing helps me to persevere, to not give up or to succumb easily, to overcome my fears. I’m good at climbing multi-pitch routes that require a lot of stamina. These types of routes allow me to endure, to commit." 

My favorite places

"In general I prefer places that are calm, far from the city, where I can listen to the silence. My favorite places are on the island of Gran Canaria, where there are waves, the smell of the Atlantic Ocean, and a strong-willed local population. In addition I like the Spanish countryside and of course my memories of childhood. I also like where I currently live in Sant Llorenc de Montgai in Catalonia, with its unbelievable rock walls that extend as far as the eye can see. My life is simple and laid-back. I enjoy drinking a cup of coffee in the morning, walking my dog, and going climbing with Chris."

My goal

"To bring kids climbing to the most spectacular routes possible and to teach them to respect nature."

 

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Videos with Daila

Major ascents

Sport climbing

  • Oliana (Catalonia, Spain) "Paper Mullat" (8b+) 2009
  • Oliana (Catalonia, Spain) "Full equip" (8c) 2010
  • Margalef (Catalonia, Spain) "Aitzol" (8c) 2010
  • Oliana (Catalonia, Spain) "Fish eye" (8c) 2010
  • Yangshuo (China) "Lightning" (8b+) 2011

Included in this article

Josune Bereziartu A life close to nature and a search for truth: "My climbs are moments of my life that I want to live with intensity. The mere fact of attempting a route is already the beginning of the journey, and the journey doesn’t always end in success. Success is important but not as important as appreciating the road you traveled to get there. I am a persevering person. I’m fully committed to the choices I make. If I don’t achieve my objective in the end, it’s not the end of the world. At least I know I did everything I could to make a good attempt. I am passionate and I love living life with passion." Liv Sansoz Passion, excellence, humility, to know and respect the mountain. "I want to follow my passion, to dream, to achieve those dreams and then share them in the hope that they will inspire other women and men climbers. When I have an idea, I charge it. I do things thoroughly, I get fully involved. My main activity? It’s climbing in many different forms: sport climbing, mountain routes, bouldering…" François Damilano Desire and ambition: a long-term relationship "I had the chance to experience the golden age of ice climbing and I still love to climb at the end of a valley in full winter. My life as an alpinist has been marked with an indelible seal by the world of ice climbing. In the early eighties, I found a synthesis between sport climbing and alpinism, two practices that tended to be differentiated by separate worlds. In ice climbing, I found the movement and the pleasure of rock climbing combined with the mastery of risky terrain that is important to an alpinist. In ice climbing, I have also made some great friendships with those tied into the other end of a rope." Dave Graham An accomplishment : "I started climbing when I was 15 years old at an indoor wall and quickly moved on to bouldering and outdoor sport climbing. One day I counted how many climbing spots there are in the world and realized straight away how happy my life was going to be. Strangely enough, when I started I had no idea how much climbing would bring to my life. I wanted to go to university, become a hockey player and start a punk rock group. But now my climbing has become an extension of myself. Climbing enriches my life and connects me to millions of people with the same passion, spirit and determination."