Mallorca, Spain: Deep-water Soloing

Derek Tatum is a student at the University of Colorado – Boulder and is an ISA Featured Photo Blogger. He is studying abroad with ISA in Granada, Spain.

Climber unknown attempting first ascent of Animal Magnetism – 5.14a – Mallorca, Spain, near Santanyí

The photos presented here are a collection documenting my time spent climbing and adventuring on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca. 

Ivy Spiegel-Ostrom finding lines – Mallorca, Spain, near Santanyí

Mallorca. A quick flight from my host city- Granada, Spain– are some of the most beautiful and captivating deep-water solo lines you can find in the world. From all backgrounds, professional climbers venture here each season to experience the freedom of one of the purest forms of climbing- deep-water soloing.

Ivy Spiegel-Ostrom climbing – Mallorca, Spain, near Santanyí

 Local guidebooks can be bought, and you can hire local guides to boat you to-and-from each crag along the island. I would recommend this, as many of the routes require a boat for dry access.

Ivy Spiegel-Ostrom climbing – Mallorca, Spain, near Santanyí
Ivy Spiegel-Ostrom climbing – Mallorca, Spain, near Santanyí

Climbers, as always: Pack it in, pack it out. 


“I have learned more from watching a blind man pitch his tent than the reading of any text or time spent in school.”

– Near Poblado Del Pantano, Campillos




By Derek Tatum

Instagram: @derek_tatum




Special thanks to Ivy Spiegel-Ostrom and Lucy McMath


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Author: derektatum

Colorado native, traveler, and adventurist residing in Boulder, Colorado for now. I study plant biology while working as a freelance bookkeeper and photographer. If I’m not surfing somewhere, you can find me around the many crags located throughout the Rocky Mountains or enjoying a book out on the front porch. Finding contemplation in even the most mundane of moments, my photography looks for the necessities of life exposed - while under the sun and the stars. “A taste for the beautiful is most cultivated out of doors, where there is no house and no housekeeper.” -Henry David Thoreau

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