Ascent of Pico Ruivo on 2019-03-17

Climber: Mark Trengove

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
Peak:Pico Ruivo
    Elevation:6109 ft / 1862 m

Ascent Trip Report

I 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.

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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:
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Windy, Low Clouds
Hill fog and light rain
Ascent Statistics
    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
Descent Statistics
    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
    End Trailhead:Achadas do Texeira  5223 ft / 1591 m
    Time:0 Hours 10 Minutes

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