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Summer vacation inspiration — Es Pontas (GC20APF) — Geocache of the Week

Derek H on July 24, 2013, 5:00 pm

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Es Pontas. Photo by geocacher cachebieraten.

Es Pontas. Photo by geocacher cachebieraten.

Mallorca (or if you prefer, Majorca), Spain is a popular vacation spot for people around the world—especially geocachers. This island in the Mediterranean has many top-notch geocaches with tons of favorite points. It’s also home to amazing beaches, warm weather, and the Geocache of the Week, Es Pontàs (GC20APF).

Geocacher Zumbat getting a little closer to the edge of the cliff than we're comfortable with.

Geocacher Zumbat getting a little closer to the edge of the cliff than we’re comfortable with.

If your summer vacation includes a trip to the island, a stop at this difficulty 1, terrain 1.5 Earthcache is a must. Es Pontàs (the Earthcache) was placed by geocacher Thoto, who says, “To be honest I discovered the arch by accident some years ago…I love earthcaches and therefore I am always at least a little bit looking for possibilities to create new earthcaches. So seeing this beautiful arch creating an EarthCache was a must.” The actual arch was formed by natural processes over many years by water erosion.

Some of you may already recognize Es Pontàs. Aside from the Earthcache and a traditional geocache located on top, this natural arch is home to the most difficult deep-water solo (psicobloc) climb in the world. It can be seen being climbed by world-renowned rock climber Chris Sharma in the video below. For those of us who aren’t super-human climbers, there are easier routes to the top.

The geocachers who have earned their smiley at this spot have had great things to say and have left many favorite points. Geocacher meranCache said, “Majorca is an amazing Island with a lot of fantastic places to discover and 90% of the caches are worth paying a visit. I found beautiful hides on interesting places, in fantastic caves and on amazing beaches and bays with crystalline water.” Another geocacher, SaarFuchs, said “I really like geocaching when I spend my holidays in a foreign country, because geocaching is a quite cool tourist guide…Thanks for showing us this place – a really amazing arch! Thanks a lot for creating this cache and we send greetings to the owner.” Thoto, the geocache creator says, “I am happy about every positive log and favorite point I “earn”. I highly appreciate the feedback I get from the community for my contribution to the game. This makes me proud.”

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With summer in full-swing (for the northern hemisphere), trips to tropical locations are on the horizon for many geocachers. What’s your ultimate summer vacation destination for geocaching? Tell us in the comments.

Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.

If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to pr@geocaching.com.

  • http://www.groundspeak.com MissJenn

    Speaking of Mallorca, we also just launched this official Geocaching GeoTours there:
    http://www.geocaching.com/adventures/geotours/mallorca

    “Hidden among winding streets, idyllic coves, awe-inspiring natural wonders and ancient ruins are 10 new caches waiting to be found. They will take you on a GeoTour around the stunning Balearic island of Mallorca. An optional contest from the 1st through 10th of August with cash prizes make this destination even more attractive.”


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