Finally we can watch another historical moment, when Jernej Kruder made a second ascent of Chris Sharma masterpiece – Es pontas.
Jernej Kuder on Instagram:
Back to Slovenia. Trying to put all the words together for amazing trip that has come to an end. First of all I give huge respect to @chris_sharma for finding this line possible, than work on it for so long and not giving up! This thing is truly a king line. Second of all @kerstin_helbach_mallorca and Armin and Emilio thank you for hosting me for more than a month- people, this is a place to stay when you go to Mallorca (www.camperhof.com). Nice peaceful ambient and they have a boat if you want to see some nice psicobloc. Also thank you for taking nice photos of me and hopefully for a good movie soon 😊
And @janhojer, progression was much more officiant with you, so thank you for being there, you were a nice company bud!
I love you Mallorca and I hope to be back soon!
Es Pontas (9a?) was set up by Chris Sharma in 2006 after 3 years of working on the route. The line got popular by showing his ascent in the movie “King Lines” by BigUpProductions. Many climbers have tried to do the second ascent since then, but no one succeeded – until Jernej Kruder showed up in October 2016 and repeated the route after just 39 tries. He agreed to Chris Sharma in not putting a grade on the route: “I’ll just stick with Chris’ words: This thing is so specific. For sure it’s about 9th grade, but there are so many different factors. Like the dyno. If there are 200 people in the world climbing 9a, maybe just 10 percent of them can do it. Then there is the fear factor. The mind battle of trying it all over again without knowing if you’re able to do all the moves or not.”