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Free-Fall At Es Pontàs

Es Pontàs is an impressive bridge-shaped rock anchored in the Mediterranean Sea near Cala Santanyí. In times gone past, the natural monument has attracted a large number of artists, all striving to capture the rock’s magic on their canvasses. Nowadays, the rock entices a different kind of art. Es Pontàs is a favourite destination for dare-devil rock climbers such as US American Chris Sharma (Santa Cruz, CA, 1981) who attempted to climb the arched rock more than 100 times before he finally succeeded in 2006. Sharma climbed without a rope and took an untold number of falls into the water from heights of up to 15 metres before his ultimate success at Es Pontàs. His incredible first ascent of the arched rock is one of the highlights of a film about the rock climber under the title of King Lines (see video clip).

Furthermore, there are Pretalayotic caves at Es Pontàs as well dating to perhaps 2000 B. C. but, I understand that the entrance to those underground chambers is blocked now and the caves are no longer accessible.

The photo was taken near Santanyí, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: December 25th, 2010. The time was 13:10:37. The video was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of YouTube and bigupproductions.

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