• Es Pontàs: Deep-water soloing in Mallorca

    Es Pontàs

    Let’s go to the largest of the Balearic island to approach one of the Psicobloc holiest spots, one of the most modern techniques of climbing that invites athletes to deep-water soloing, climbing steep and vertical walls that rise over the sea .

    In Mallorca, specifically between Cala Santanyi and Cala Llombars there is one of these landforms. One of the more prestigious spots where international climbers who come to the island for the sole purpose of living a unique experience can practice this radical sport.

    We talk about Es Pontàs, a huge rock bridge shaped set to sea. The rocky mass, of spectacular beauty, is surrounded by seawater. The bridge shaping is a geological quirk that owes its plasticity to the fury of the waves and centuries of erosion.

    For years it has been the focus of numerous marinas, painted and photographed by all kinds of artists. However, the XXI century has provided a new source of notoriety to the area.

    Es Pontàs is one of the objectives more pursued by climbers of all nationalities. Its success is because it is considered as one of the most difficult routes of deep-water soloing in the world.

    The practitioners of this form of climbing often spend several days trying to climb the stone bridge before crowning it. In many cases they end up falling into the sea, where the water should cushion the fall.

    Deep-water soloing is practiced in Mallorca since the late 70s of last century and, in recent years, is attracting more and more athletes as accidents and cliffs of the island are of extreme difficulty.

    Creative Commons Image: Flickr/Jaume Meneses

    Mar Santiago
    Mar Santiago
    She is a journalist and traveler, specialized in other cultures and countries in conflict. Mar has worked for major media networks as RNE, Diario16 Malaga and EFE.

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