Ascent of La Piedra de Lino on 2011-03-29

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Daniel Musser <1846>Karen Musser and Sarah Musser with Guide from Habla Ya (Cesar brother of owner of Habla Ya).
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:La Piedra de Lino
    Elevation:5249 ft / 1599 m

Ascent Trip Report

Family hike with Guide out of Habla Ya. Owner of school's brother (Cesar) took us. We we dropped off at the end of a private driveway and hiked straight up the hillside. The juxtposition of social economical sights was interesting. The last house on the private road was a beautiful ex-patriot's home with beautiful landscaping and stamped driveway and guard gates. Along this road were native Panamamnian houses that were far more humble with no windows but floral landscaped.

As we headed up the hillside we passed 4 encampments of indigineous indians in their very humble shanties (tin roof over plywood) that live in the valley tending the cofee plants. Their kids played in their underwear bearfoot in the clay and dirt. The homes were no more than 15 feet by 10 feet. On the clothesline their clothes hung to dry including mens "Haines" underwear like I wear! They spoke no English and very little Spanish. The children smiled as we marched pass them in single file.

The climb was short and very steep with Karen slipping and sliding with her slick tennis shoes. It is class 2 steep indigineous trail that made the ladies stop for breaths. Short hike but steep. At top of ridge you work throught the forest trees and the sounds of many species of tropical birds entertain as one sees the rocks at the top. Some very easy scrambling and from the rocks you can see the valleys in all directions. A pleasant short family excusrion and more training for the legs.

On the way down - Karen and I picked up litter and showed the guide that North American eco-tourist wanted to leave their beautiful country in better shape that when we came so other behind us would enjoy a litter free trail. We filled our backpacks with crap and returned to a van that had parked closer to the highway so there was more distance down this time.

Then we joined Cesar Augusto Melendez who took us rock climbing on a basalt formation. Daniel was able to 5.8 without assistance and got up a 5.9 with a lot of assistance. Karen climbed a 5.6 with some assistance on her second try. I did the 5.6 route and then needed help with the 5.8 route to overcome the hardest move. Then Cesar who apparently was the Panama rock climbing champion showed us how he could run up and down the 5.10 route like it was easy and did some flagging moves to impress all the ladies watching. He guided us novice tourists to make money on the side out of the Habla Ya school. My daughter was most impressed with his physique. I was spent after 3 climbs and was happy to watch the pro do his thing for all the local fans drawn to watch him too!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1017 ft / 309 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1115 ft / 339 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Grade/Class:all 2 with some 3 at
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
clear and warm
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1017 ft / 309 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:indigineous peoples trail
    Start Trailhead:Roadway and private property near Alto Lino  4232 ft / 1289 m
    Time:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1115 ft / 339 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    End Trailhead:at roadway intersection  4134 ft / 1260 m
    Time:1 Hours 

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