"Escalo montañas en búsqueda de libertad y armonía con mis sentidos. Escalo, porque es una forma de expresión artistica y a través de ello, me encuentro conmigo mismo" César Augusto Meléndez - Primer escalador profesional de Panamá
This mini doc/promotional video chronicles the life of the first Panamanian rock climber, Cesar Augusto Melendez Castillo, as well as the history of rock climbing in a country that had never heard of it until he pioneered it.
El Mutante (water solo boulder problem at Los Cangilones de Gualaca) recently changed from grade v7 to grade v8 or even v9 due to an important hold missing.
A rock used at the crux of the climb just broke making the whole sequence significantly more difficult. Here is a video of the first ascend of the new route using some new dynamic movements. In previous publications of this blog it is possible to watch some videos climbing the same route while using its original sequences.
Personally, I prefer the new sequence. Hope more climbers give it a try and give their opinion about the grade. Enjoy one of the Panama´s classic water solo problem ¨El Mutante¨