One of the most beautiful and outrageous rock climbs ever filmed. 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. This is a remastered cut of the send, adapted from the original sequence in our feature documentary King Lines.
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-. It was unrepeated for a decade, and even today has only been done by two other climbers.
This piece is dedicated to the late Miquel Riera, the godfather of Mallorcan Psicobloc (deep water soloing) who introduced us all to the fantastic sea cliffs here, loved sharing the beauty of his island, and even pointed Chris to Es Pontas, the ultimate “King Line.”