Wednesday, October 16, 2013

If your going to Majorca, here's a thrill you won't forget

Deep water soloing (DWS) is a great way to experience a thrill on your holiday at this popular tourist destination. It is a specific type of solo rock climbing, except it is done on the sea cliffs when the tide is high. Many people find the idea of rock climbing to be intimidating, and the fact that it is above water makes it even worse for these people. However, the water is there for their protection, so the experience will be completely safe for anyone that dares to give it a try. It is much safer than free-climbing a mountain that is rigid with no protection at all.  

Origins of Deep Water Soloing

Deep water soloing was first seen in Majorca around the 1970s. It is said that a climber once became frustrated with the local climbing routes, and he wanted something a bit more challenging. He then became creative and deep water soloing was born. The Porto Pi Palma became the first real climbing venue for DWS enthusiasts, along with the Psicobloc which became a prime destination for deep water fanatics from around the world.
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Where to DWS in Majorca

Northern Majorca is a great place to deep water solo. It is incredibly quiet when compared to the southern area, which is where tourists gather at various times throughout the year. This location is only recommended for experienced climbers, because the solo points are situated between the two highest mountains in Majorca. Between the Sollers and the Incas, you will find the La Creveta, which is a very popular soloing point that has intrigued even the best of climbers. If you are a beginner that wants something a little less intimidating to start out with, then Cala Barques is the perfect location to learn what deep water soloing is all about. It has a parking area that is just south of the location, and after 15 minutes of walking you will come to the pristine beach that surrounds the area. This is a great place to take the whole family. The first cliff is quite low, but they increase in size the further down the beach that you go. Once you get to the top, the views are absolutely amazing.
La Creveta

Having the Right Equipment and Gear

If you can muster up the courage to embark on a deep water soloing adventure, then you need to make sure that you are properly prepared. Majorca has plenty of deep water soloing points, so you will never be limited in having plenty of locations to choose from. Chalk is a vital piece of equipment when it comes to your adventure. Flexible shoes are also recommended, as there will be plenty of crevices which double up as foot holes. Many people take inflatable boats such as dinghies with them as well when they are with friends, so that they can get back to shore quicker. Most locations rent equipment if you do not have your own, so tourists can still enjoy DWS without spending a bunch of money to try it out. DWS offers a thrilling experience that is unlike any other. Majorca has several cliffs that are suitable for DWS. From beginner peaks to mountainous terrains that even the experts rarely dare to conquer, you will be able to find peaks for all kinds of experience levels.
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  1. that's scary but looks exciting.

  2. Takes a lot of energy but would be an awesome adventure

  3. Definitely not something I would forget! I am having a hard time forgetting it, just reading it. Great job!

  4. The view is indeed so amazing!! I doubt though whether I could survive an adventure like it but I am willing to try :)