Chris Sharma envisioned a line up the underside of this free-standing limestone arch off the coast of Mallorca. Climbing ropeless above the Mediterranean Sea, Sharma spent months attempting the seven foot dyno, splashing down at least 50 times before finally sticking it, then falling many more times at the even harder lip of the arch.
He finally made the first ascent of this masterpiece in September 2006, and it appeared in the film King Lines the following year. Es Pontas (“The Bridge” in the Mallorquin dialect) is unrated, but considered one of the hardest climbs in the world, and suggested to be 5.15-.
This week, Olympic bronze medalist Jakob Schubert redpointed the power Es Pontas for the climb’s fourth known ascent. It was unrepeated for a decade before Jernej Kruder climbed it, followed by Jan Hojer. Schubert recently made the second ascent of Sharma’s Alasha 5.15 DWS, also in Mallorca.