jueves, 15 de diciembre de 2011

ESPN Aventura - Nota Completa

 ESPN Aventura - Nota Completa
 Agradecimientos especiales a los amigos de ESPN Aventura!

sábado, 10 de diciembre de 2011

La Artilleria, Boquete

"La Artilleria"
Alto Jaramillo, Boquete - 2000+ msnm
"Las montañas son sinceras e implacables. Los medios para conquistarlas existen unicamente dentro de nosotros mismos, dentro de nuestras propias almas. En el recorrido la montaña nos revela bellezas que no podrian ser vistas sin lograr armonizar perfectamente con las emociones que emanan ante la inmensidad de la naturaleza.  

 En ocasiones el corazon desfallece ante ese filo de su verdad, sin embargo no debemos olvidar que nunca se esta totalmente solo...el viento trae su frescura, las tormenas su energia y la cima un sueño por alcanzar..." - Cesar M.

ESPN Aventura - Adelanto de Filme, pronto la nota completa

PROFILE: CESAR MELENDEZ, ATLETA MERRELL PANAMA from Noel Martinez de Aguirre on Vimeo.

jueves, 8 de diciembre de 2011

Vertical Artist in Free solo climbing

Vertical Artist in Free solo climbing
No ropes, no protection. Only a man, his strength and the beauty of ultimate freedom..
View on You tube here

jueves, 17 de noviembre de 2011

Slacklining & Highlining

Tyrolean Traverse at the Quetzal Hero

Slacklining is a practice in balance that typically uses 1 inch nylon webbing tensioned between two anchor points. Slacklining is distinct from tightrope walking in that the line is not held rigidly taut (although it is still under some tension); it is instead dynamic, stretching and bouncing like a long and narrow trampoline. The line's tension can be adjusted to suit the user and different types of webbing can be used to achieve a variety of feats. The line itself is flat, due to the nature of webbing, thus keeping the slacker's footing from rolling as would be the case with an ordinary rope.  

Highlining is slacklining at large distances above the ground or water. Many slackliners consider highlining to be the pinnacle of the sport. Highlines are commonly set up in locations that have been used or are still used for Tyrolean traverse. When rigging highlines, experienced slackers take measures to ensure that solid, redundant and equalized anchors are used to secure the line into position. Modern highline rigging typically entails a mainline of webbing, backup webbing, and either climbing rope or amsteel rope for redundancy. It is also common to pad all areas of the rigging which might come in contact with abrasive surfaces. To ensure safety, most highliners wear a climbing harness or swami belt with a leash attached to the slackline itself; however, unleashed walks of highlines are not unheard of.

Discovering new dimensions of body and mental control by exploring the world of highlining

miércoles, 9 de noviembre de 2011

Panama Rock climbing recent articles

Special thanks to Wladimir Wishaupt & Corine Smit for their valuable contributions!

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Water Solo Bouldering @ Los Cangilones

Water Solo Bouldering at Los Cangilones, Gualaca
Photo Credits: Sylvia Weber

sábado, 29 de octubre de 2011

Lobby Magazine #39 - Page 50

Lobby Magazine #39 - Page 50
Revista Lobby #39 (Oct-Nov) Pagina 50
Official Magazine site: www.lobbylife.com

viernes, 14 de octubre de 2011

New! Hiking, Rappelling & Multi pitch Rock climbing Tours

Hiking, Rappelling & Multi pitch Rock climbing Tours
(Top rope for beginners*Intermediate or Advance) - $65.00

Introducing a great new tour for adventurers: 
Hiking, rappelling and multipitch rock climbing in Boquete!

Experience the ultimate sense of freedom climbing this amazing mountain located at 1690 meters above sea level. 30-45 minutes hiking (level 3) through local coffee farm and forest reaching the top of a beautiful natural rock formation and view point. Rappel down the cliff and climb any of our beautiful multi pitch routes (40 to 50 meters height). Great views of the Pacific ocean. 

Location: Boquete (4 routes – 2 pitches each route)
Levels: 5.11a (moderate) up to 5.12a (hard). 
Routes type: sport.
Technique: Lead or Top rope
All inclusive (gear + transportation + guidance)
Tours depart: 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. (everyday)
Duration of tour: 4 hours
Price: $65.00 p/p  

More information:  
or (507) 6764-7918 boqueteclimbing@yahoo.com

sábado, 1 de octubre de 2011

Virtual Portfolio

Virtual Portfolio
You can navigate the virtual portfolio directly on this page, music controls are on the top-right position of the window. View a Full screen size version of the portfolio here


jueves, 8 de septiembre de 2011

viernes, 12 de agosto de 2011

Photo shoot for Merrell at new multipitch route 'Lady Galaxy' 5.11b

New multi pitch route 
'Lady Galaxy' 5.11b

Once again, a great new addition to the climbing scenery in Panama! Lady Galaxy 5.11b route. After many hours of hard work, my friend Christian and I finally completed this beautiful route which is located at Piedra de Lino, exactly to the right side of 'Cosmic Love' route. Lot of effort and love was put in the development and ascent of this line which resulted in a splendid 2 pitches lines at 1700 meters above sea level.

The route start with a narrow crack where hands and fingers have to be placed precisely, this section is followed by a technical traverse that represent the first crux, a nice long section of fun easy climbing continues until reaching the super exposed 2 meters overhang roof at the very top. This roof is definitely the hardest part of the entire route and movements there requires commitment, physical and mental strength as well as great technique. The new route is called 'Lady Galaxy' and it is rated 5.11b so far. 


viernes, 29 de julio de 2011

Cesar Melendez free soloing (no ropes) - Click image to enlarge.
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Panama’s premiere rock climbing provider lies right here in Boquete: Explore Ya, the adventure tour spin-off from language school Habla Ya. We arrived at the Explore Ya office, almost right next to the Banco General on the main street through town, where we met our guide.  Familiar with the sport or not, you see this guy and just know he’s a climber.
His name is Cesar. Cesar Augusto Melendez Castillo, to be exact.  To simply call him a rock climber, however, would not do him justice. While he has been climbing professionally for 10 years, Cesar’s world-class talent spans into acrobatics, making him a ‘vertical artist’ who puts on shows across the country.  To put his skill in perspective, he was recently contacted by Cirque du Soleil, home to some of the most renowned performance shows in the world.  Cirque’s president wanted to buy one of his routines to use in ‘O,’ performed at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.
We drove 15 minutes up the road to an eye-catching formation, where long pylon-like rocks essentially stack on top of each other and jut out in hexagonal formations.  The only other place I’ve seen this geological wander is the Devil’s Postpile near Yosemite and Mammoth Lakes, California. With only a handful of trips to indoor rock walls between us, Luke and I looked up the 65-foot face, eager to see how we’d fare on our first outdoor climbing experience.
Cesar took a warm-up run first, beginning with a short meditation period. Then, without any rope or safety equipment, he made the cliff look like a set of stairs.  Seeming to spin and leap from hold to hold, he’d stop every once in a while to hang over the rock face and stretch out his arms.  He finished by gripping onto two ledges near the top and extending his body to be parallel with the ground, becoming a human flag upwards of 40 feet in the air.
“Warm-up, huh?” Luke asked as he came down. Cesar laughed.
He climbed back up to set up the safety rope, then it was our turn. I went first, Cesar as my belay.  He spotted the ‘easy course’ for us to get started.  Up I went, doing my best to find the right holds and keep climbing, while trying even harder not to look down.  I was thankful for the rope there to support me no matter how badly I slipped.  Slowly but surely, though, you gain confidence.  Eventually you reach the top hook, signaling that you’ve completed the course.  That warranted a shout on my end.  Repelling down the rock face feels pretty rewarding after that.
Luke and I took on a number of the cliff’s many courses, Cesar guiding us to find proper holds and get us through tough situations.  Shout-out to Luke, who perched himself atop the cliff to capture Cesar and I on the way up.
And of course Cesar continued to put on shows intermittently, showing us just how much we had to learn every time he changed the rope to a new course.  Passing cars took the time to stop, park, and witness him in action.
While Luke and I may not have impressed any bystanders with our talent, we came out of the expedition with lessons learned and a newfound appreciation for the sport.  With a number of walls to choose from, everyone from first-timers to resident experts will find an experience that suits their ability and expands their comfort zone.

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martes, 24 de mayo de 2011

New Project: "Quetzal Hero" Filming & Photo Production

"Quetzal Hero" 5.11b Monolith climbing
Filming & Photo Production
 Photo Credit by Photographer Deborah S. Wolfe

Deborah is a great photographer who did an incredible job at a location where most people can´t get. I feel she captured the essence of the subjects and the art of rock climbing by using the space and capturing spectacular moments, specially when all those clouds surrounded the monolith tower while climbing the route. I feel super happy with your inspiring pictures. Thanks for sharing your talent and good photographer´s eye!!