S’Estret

4th June 2017

El Bandido de un Brazo – 6a – Lead
El Culo – 5c – Lead
King of Quint – 6a+ – Lead
Pasion Interminable – 5a – Lead

Just down the road from Valldemossa (4k to be precise) is a series of crags right alongside the road. There’s a convenient parking area at the bridge, although it gets busy, so arrive early or late.

Chow break

We picked this venue for its proximity to Valldemossa. As it turned out they were a great bunch of climbs. Not easy to locate at first, but I suppose that’s the case whenever you go to a new place.

I had prepared myself for a bit of polish, knowing Mallorca was a popular destination, but S’Estret wasnt too bad in the sector Pasion, probably because it was a bit further from the road. My favorite of the four was El Culo strangely enough, if only because it was just a full on balancing act right from the beginning. But Interminable gave it a good run for its money with the cheeky groove and top flake.

I think S’Estret is typical of the crags in Mallorca. There are a few with polish (normally the three star jobs) but mixed in there are some great routes which are challenging at the grade.

A couple of German climbers turned up, borrowing a few drawers so they could complete El Bandido. It was probably through their prompting that I gave the 6a+ a go. I thought it was all about a long reach to jugs. This done there is actually a hard move later which I found worse than the haul. Always nice when a climb throws a surprise at you.

The rain then pushed in with a thunderstorm so we retreated back to the flat for some pasta.