Jernej Kruder Makes Second Ascent of DWS Route Es Pontas in Mallorca, Spain
The first ascent was established in 2006 by Chris Sharma and made famous by the Big Up film King Lines. While Sharma never designated a grade, others who have attempted the route have speculated it being around 5.15a/b.
The showstopper move of the route is an all-points-off dyno 30 feet above the water. Sharma estimated he tried the single move over 100 times before it all came together. Kruder nearly stuck it on his first attempt, nailed it on his second, and rarely missed from that point on.
The crux for Kruder came further in the route with a beta-intensive section he couldn't seem to make work. It wasn't until Jan Hojer, Kruder's friend and a German climbing phenom, joined him that they discovered the beta they needed for Kruder to make it happen.
After the send, nobody was as excited for Kruder as Hojer, who wrote "Krudi did it!!!!!" in an Instagram post.
Hojer wrote, "Watching him climb was one of the best go's I ever saw! He cruised through all the hard sequences until he started screaming at the victory jug! I watched from the other side of the arch and almost died, hustling up to the top while he did the last easy moves, to give him a men hug on top."
While Hojer was unable to complete the send train, he said in the same IG post, "I couldn't follow his lead today, to make our dream of sending it the same day come true but I feel so close and hope I can send it after a couple rest days."
Watch Chris Sharma on the first ascent of Es Pontas: