In 2016, Chris Sharma made the first ascent of Alasha, a difficult deep water solo climb on Mallorca. Alasha took Sharma five years of projecting, the crux is V13 and the overall grade is in the 5.15- range. Sharma never officially graded it, but 5.15 climber Magnus Midtbø put the grade in the 5.15a/b range.
Sharma made the first ascent 10 years after establishing the rarely repeated Es Pontas 5.15. Alasha, which he named after his daughter, Alana Sharma, is one of the most difficult psicobloc routes in the world.
Sharma said the location of Alasha is rugged and that he took repeated falls from the 20-metre mark. “It needs very subtle body positions, really tricky beta,” he said of the crux. “I finally figured it out to the point where I was like ‘Ok, the moves go, now I can start trying it from the bottom.'”
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Last week I was able to send a long term project that I'd been trying over the last 5 years on the northwest coast of Mallorca. In honor of my beautiful daughter I named the line #Alasha. So proud of this one. I really had to work hard , dig deep and pull out all the tricks in the book. As you can see it's quite a stunning piece of stone in a very epic location. It's a very different style to Es Pontas but I'd say it's somewhere in the similar difficulty range. In this picture I'm entering the crux boulder sequence (maybe around 8B) at about 18 meters high. Somewhat auspicious was the fact I sent it around the 10 year anniversary of my ascent of Es Pontas . As time passes , it's crazy to see so many things change and yet the passion is still quite the same. Life is good! A nice note to be entering the climbing season on! So much gratitude to my wife @alarconjimena for all of the support, and to my good friends @psicobloc @giancolafoto @brettlowell @joshlowell for accompanying me on my journey. Stay tuned as the send was filmed for an upcoming @rbmh production with @senderfilms @bigupclimbing @evolvusa @prana @redbull @clifbarcompany @sanuk @sharmaclimbingbcn @walltopia @climbskinspain @buffofficial @petzl_official @sterlingrope 📷:Adrian Garcia
Sharma has long been at the cutting-edge of hard climbing for over 20 years, repeatedly opening new levels of difficulty. Some highlights include Dreamcatcher 5.14d in Squamish, Biographie/Realization 5.15a in Céüse, Jumbo Love 5.15b at Clark Mountain and his second ascent of La Dura Dura 5.15c in Oliana.
Watch Sharma send Alasha in this fall 2019 video he released online.