River Climbing in Gualaca, Panama

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Every Friday, the Alouatta Sanctuary closes down and all of the researchers gather for a fun day out. This past Friday we took a trip to Gualaca, which is a tiny town in the Chiriqui Provence in Northern Panama near David. We had lunch in town and then headed to one of the most popular swimming locations: the river. There’s this really cool spot with 50 meters of 10 m rock walls that surround the river- perfect for a little rock climbing!

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I wasn’t quite sure how to approach the rock, so one of the locals showed me the ropes. After more than a few falls into the water below me I was finally able to make it up! It was super fun getting rock climbing instruction from someone who doesn’t speak the same language as you. It adds another element of challenge one might say, but it worked out.

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He was a way better climber than I was though and easily made it up multiple parts of the wall.  I’ll have to keep practicing! Happy climbs ~B

P.S. try and wiki Gualaca. It basically doesn’t exist!

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