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Panama Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Cesar Augusto Melendez on Jan 26, 2009
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In 2004, Canadian climber Gary Burton Henning visited Panama to travel around the country and maybe look for an investment oportunity around. He found a small town located in the west side of the country called Boquete wich is a valley rounded by mountains and the Baru Volcano (highest point of this country with 3474 m 11,397 feet elevation)Boquete, wich is known for its coffee and friendly people, is an amazing landscape featuring incredibly basalt rock formations originated by the last volcano eruption many years ago. Interested in climbing around Gary started to look for other local climbers around but he couldn´t find any. After a while Gary come to meet young local Boquetenian Cesar Augusto Melendez, who soon would tell him that climbing was not even yet introduced to Panama. they become good friends and soon Gary started to teach Cesar the basics about climbing and set up the first known sport route in Panama. After Gary returned to his actual homeplace at California, Cesar started his own company providing climbing tours. Now a day, there are 3 developed sectors of climbing in Boquete, all sport routes featuring routes between 5.7 and 5.12d. Cesar is still in cahrge of providing climbing tours to visitors with his local partner Marcos Gonzalez and supported by Gary Henning in California. For more information about history of climbing in Panama give Gary a call at 9513334626 or Cesar in Panama at (507)67647918

Description of Climbing in the area.
All sport routes, No trad
* Basalt,
* Guided tour $40.00
* 7 minutes away from Boquete Downtown
* Classic ones. Must do - Stairway to heaven! try it it´s awesome
* No access issues

More information - (507)67647918 or (507)66981999

Getting There 

From panama city you can take a bus or plane to David City. It´s a 6 hour car or 2 hours plane. From there take a bus to Boquete (45 minutes drive). You will be taken just in front of the Central Park of Boquete when the bus stops, you will find hotel all over the place and around the central park. prices are between 5.00 p/night up to 30.00p/night. Call Cesar or Marcos for other directions . Cellphone 67647918 or 66981999

Climbing Season

For the North America area.

Weather station 15.0 miles from here

22 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Panama

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Panama:
Stairway to heaven   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 70'   Mana wall
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Featured Route For Panama
Rock Climbing Photo: just before the crux

Stairway to heaven 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a  North America : Panama : Mana wall
technical, with a midway crux....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Rock Climbing Photo: The frontier 5.7
The frontier 5.7
Rock Climbing Photo: Traversing in boulder the shapes of the solid lava...
Traversing in boulder the shapes of the solid lava...
Rock Climbing Photo: New sector next to the main river of Boquete - Cal...
New sector next to the main river of Boquete - Cal...
Rock Climbing Photo: Cesar Melendez working on ¨The Matrix¨ at Gunko ...
Cesar Melendez working on ¨The Matrix¨ at Gunko ...

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By Jake Dickerson
Jul 26, 2014
Rock Climbing Photo: Getting RAD in Panama. Awesome columnar jointing.
Getting RAD in Panama. Awesome columnar jointing.
By Matthew Clausen
Aug 10, 2014
Climbing with Cesar and Ruben as guides. They took us to an awesome canyon outside Boquete for our first time ever doing deep water solos. Beautiful river--I definitely recommend asking Cesar about it when you're down there.
Rock Climbing Photo: Brittany on her first Deep Water Solo -- Thanks, C...
Brittany on her first Deep Water Solo -- Thanks, Cesar and Ruben!
By Erik O'Brien
From: Salt Lake City, Utah
Aug 13, 2016
I will be in Panama in October or November and am looking for people to climb with. Anyone down to meet up?

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