Ascent of Monte Malagueta on 2013-04-03

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Adrian Rayner
Date:Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Bus
Peak:Monte Malagueta
    Location:Cape Verde
    Elevation:1068 m / 3507 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Following our Monte Graciosa ascent, late morning we catch a minibus a few km south for Malagueta, an easy ascent from the (private) unpaved road at N15.18030 W23.69069, 830m (arched gateway), at the highpoint of the National Highway between Tarrafal and Fundra. From the gateway, we follow the road 3km eastwards. At N15.17688 W23.67505, there is a path starting on the north bank of the road which makes a short steep ascent to the summit (GPS N15.17735 W23.67503, 1073m), which is covered in pine trees and spiny vegetation. A short way further east along the unpaved road is a camp site, with another, slightly lower summit topped with a rather battered triangulation pillar (N15.17981 W23.67211). This summit can be accessed but a steep path which starts at N15.17913 W23.67283 by a building.

A national park lady we spoke to said we should have called in at the national park centre a few hundred metres north of where we left the main road. However she was perfectly friendly and didn't seem too concerned.

Just after the minibus had left us I realised one of my bags had been left aboard. Once we'd bagged the peak we waited at the roadside for the bus to return from its trip to Praia, hopefully with my bag still on it, but it never showed. Eventually we gave up and headed for the airport for our evening flight to Sao Vicente en route to Tope de Coroa. The Mclellans were there: despite the very strong winds today the ferry sailed from Fogo. It seemed odd that the Saturday ferry had been cancelled. It seems odd that I've been here nearly a week and still expect anything here to conform to logic or normality...
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:297 m / 983 ft
    Elevation Loss:297 m / 983 ft
    Distance:7 km / 4.3 mi
    Grade/Class:YDS 2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:268 m / 885 ft
    Extra Loss:29 m / 98 ft
    Distance:3 km / 1.9 mi
    Route:from W
    Trailhead:summit of main road N of Fundra  829 m / 2720 ft
    Time Up:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:268 m / 885 ft
    Extra Gain:29 m / 98 ft
    Distance:4 km / 2.5 mi
    Route:from W
    Trailhead:summit of main road N of Fundra  829 m / 2720 ft
    Time Down:1 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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