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Ascent of Cabeço Gordo on 2018-08-13

Climber: Denise Mclellan

Others in Party:Richard Mclellan
Date:Monday, August 13, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Cabeço Gordo
    Location:Portugal
    Elevation:1043 m / 3422 ft

Ascent Trip Report

This is the High Point of Faial, a surprisingly busy island for its size, served by the ferry to Horta. We camped at the pleasant Almoxerife campsite a short taxi ride N of Horta and then cheated and got a taxi to near the east side of the rim ( E20). A short tunnel gives access to a view point over the caldera lake and a path ( said to have 400m of descent) to the lake. We ascended an obvious marked path to the rim and an area of aerials which are close to the High Point. There is a 3m high hexagonal concrete trig, not quite at the high point- IGC 1997- as well as a 1.5m square trig further round the rim ( lower). We thought the HP of this disturbed ground was within an unlocked aerial enclosure. We then continued around the rim, followed the '10 volcanoes' marked route NW through forest, along a levada and over two other vegetated cones before getting a taxi from a convenient bar in the village of Capelo. The marked route continues to the coast.
For route map/ info See http://trails.visitazores.com/en/trails-azores/faial/dez-vulcoes
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:YDS1
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
sun and cloud



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