Ascent of Serra da Estrela on 2013-05-23

Climber: Martin Richardson

Date:Thursday, May 23, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Serra da Estrela
    Elevation:1993 m / 6539 ft

Ascent Trip Report

For pictures and context, see my blog 'Went up a hill and came down' at:
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Extract of text from my blog:
Malhao da Estrala/La Torre
It seems that wherever you are in mid Portugal there is a view of the Serra de Estrala and signs pointing towards it, until you get up close. Whereas the rest of Portugal was enjoying sunshine the Estrala, like Cross Fell, had its own weather system – and today there was a large cloud just above the summit.
After a bit of confusion where two exits from the same roundabout were signed to the Serra de Estrala I managed to find the road that winds its way from north to south over the top. I pulled up in the carpark near the summit by a group of nuns who appeared to be performing a scene from Father Ted – one of them was flapping her arms and making loud bird noises.
The summit has a number of buildings, markers and communication globes on its summit these include a torre/tower, three trig points (one of which on a tall plinth) and a couple of shops that smell very much of a strong cheese on sale. The summit, Malhao da Estrala/La Torre happens to be Portugal’s highest point, a Major 1991m P1202 N40.32190 W7.61291 still bore traces of snow. Not much of a view from the actual summit, but more extensive ones from lower down.
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