The Austrian Jakob Schubert succeeds in repeating one of the most difficult deep water soloing routes in the world for the first time: Alasha bei Port de Soller.

Since the beginning of the month is Jakob Schubert on the Spanish holiday island of Mallorca. Despite a strenuous competition season, Jakob Schubert does not spend his holidays on a deck chair with a glass of sangria in hand. Much more, he climbs highly motivated on the walls of the coast of Mallorca. The island is one of the most popular destinations for climbing without rope or safety, deep water soloing.

Together with Tobi Plangger, Michael Piccolruz, Nicolai Uznik, the Swiss Nils Favre, Jernej Kruder and other friends, Schubert travels from bay to bay. Among other things, he visited the imposing rock formation Es Pontas with the route of the same name or the bay Port de Sollerwhere one of the most difficult DWS routes is located: Alasha.

Jakob Schubert in the route Alasha (9b) near Port de Soller, Mallorca. (Photo Sebastian Marko)
Jakob Schubert in the Alasha route near Port de Soller, Mallorca. (Photo Sebastian Marko)

Six years without repetition

The route was first walked by Chris Sharma in September 2016, after five years of project planning. Sharma has the route following his daughter Alasha named and meant that the difficulty is similar to Es Pontas, i.e. in the area 9a + / 9b. This makes it one of the most difficult Deep Water Soloing Routes of the world. The key point of the route, in area 8b, is at a height of 18 meters - not for the faint of heart.

“What a visionary route. Thank you Chris Sharma for finding and developing this perfect route. "

Jakob Schubert

Obviously Jakob Schubert had strong enough nerves and reserves in his forearms, because he was now able to repeat the route for the first time. Schubert designed the line together with Jernej Kruder, who has also made promising tests in the past few days.

Video of the first ascent of Alasha by Chris Sharma

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Credits: Cover picture Sebastian Marko