Sasha DiGiulian in the Dominican Republic: scale and baptize a route in Conde de Mana

The Dominican Republic was the climbing seat for Sasha DiGiulian, a silver medalist at the 2011 World Climbing Championships.

The American started climbing in Vancouver, her hometown, at the age of 6 in 1998. En the last decade she has become one of the world’s flagship climbers, and an example for women who are dedicated to sports. At the beginning of this month, Sasha visited the Dominican Republic with the objective of climbing in the challenging rocks of our country: in the Mirador Sur Park of the National District and Conde de Mana in San Cristóbal. The Dominican Association of Climbing and Mountaineering (ADEM) were the hosts in this adventure. The athlete climbed different routes, among them “Machete”, a route of degree of difficulty 5.12a with a height of 25 meters, there is also the so-called “Triple 12”, degree of difficulty 5.13 and a height of 40 meters, located in Santo Domingo and San Cristóbal, respectively. In the climbing culture of our country, whoever climbs the route for the first time or who installs it has the right to assign the name to it, That is why in our country we are going to find routes with very funny names.

It is common for the name of the route to be related to the history or commented phrase of that important day. Sasha had the opportunity to name her own route in Conde de Mana and decided to name it “Bachata Borracha”.

About climbing in DR

In the Dominican Republic there have been climbing routes for about 35 years in Santo Domingo, San Cristóbal, Bayahíbe and Samaná. Currently about 100 active climbers and more than 150 routes of different levels and heights are estimated. ADEM is the only entity in the country that brings together Dominican climbers and is a space where those interested in practicing the sport can go. They can be found on Instagram as @ Adem.oficial. On a recurring basis, they are located in Cayetano Germosén, stairs 3 and 10 of the Mirador Sur Park, in the National District.