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10 Days on Mallorca
After being in Kalymnos last year we were looking for a new destination for our short summer trip of 2012 and stumbled across Mallorca. From a climbers perspective, the island is mostly known for it’s great Deep Water Soloing (DWS) opportunities. Not such a commonly known thing is the great amount of top sport climbing crags it has to offer. And besides all the climbing possibilities it simply is an extremely beautiful island with a wide variety of different landscapes and atmospheres, amazing beaches and mountains up to 1500 meters above the sea. So a ten day trip was booked, a perfect opportunity to get a glimpse of this amazing place and all it’s treasures…
Having returned just a couple of days ago I can tell that our expectations were totally met! Great sunny weather (a bit too hot for hard climbing but whatever), great beaches and places, the cliffs were really impressive and we even just saw about a handful of them… and we also spent one day going to Cala Barques for a DWS session, the first time I actually did DWS and I really really dig it! This free feeling of climbing high above the water without a rope or anything that’s hindering you is truly breathtaking… It’s playful like bouldering but flowing like route climbing and you’re doing it above deep blue water, the sun shining and a cool breeze from the ocean… Great experience and something I will get back to in the future.
Her is http://vimeo.com/49968840 a little video were I am climbing “Commando Madrid” 8b in Les Perxes. This route out of a horizontal cave is one of the best sportclimbs I set hands on so far… It has different types of cruxes all the way up and a really hard last move! For a gallery with more pictures, go to my Blog.
If you haven’t been, go there! Mallorca is rad!