Ascent of Pico Ruivo on 2019-03-17
|Others in Party:||KE Adventure Travel guide Roberto|
with 11 others plus me.
|Date:||Sunday, March 17, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||6109 ft / 1862 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI undertook this hike on the final full day of my stay on Madeira, as a member of a KE Adventure Travel hiking holiday, along with twelve others and our excellent guide Roberto. We drove up from our hotel in Santana on the northern side of the island to a car park at Achada do Teixeira (1592m). From there the PR1 paved marked trail headed west-south-west towards the summit of the mountain along its broad east ridge. We were in cloud, with mizzle on a cold northerly wind necessitating the donning of hats, gloves and waterproof layers.
We followed the trail, at an easy angle, into the fog. It only took thirty minutes to reach the large stone refuge at 1800m. It was closed, but the toilets were open. A short sharper ascent brought us onto the summit, disappointingly with no view, due to the cloud. It was rather a dreich place, levelled and paved to form a sort of lofty patio, with a tall narrow cemented cairn to mark the summit. It was cheered somewhat by a flock of chaffinches, there to steal a crumb or two off the human visitors.
Also see the log and photos at https://peakery.com/pico-ruivo-de-santana-portugal/summits/198229/
On the summit (2019-03-17). Photo by Mark Trengove.
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|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1017 ft / 309 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||1017 ft / 309 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||1.7 mi / 2.8 km|
| Quality:||2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Gear Used:||Guide|
| Weather:||Drizzle, Cool, Windy, Low Clouds|
Hill fog and light rain
| Gain on way in:||886 ft / 270 m|
| Distance:||1.6 mi / 2.5 km|
| Route:||Refuge - summit|
| Start Trailhead:||Achadas do Texeira 5223 ft / 1591 m|
| Time:||0 Hours 45 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||1017 ft / 309 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 886 ft / 271 m; Extra: 131 ft / 39m|
| Gain on way out:||131 ft / 39 m|
| Distance:||0.2 mi / 0.3 km|
| Route:||Refuge |
| End Trailhead:||Achadas do Texeira 5223 ft / 1591 m|
| Time:||0 Hours 10 Minutes|
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