Ascent of Dingli Cliffs on 2013-02-08

Climber: Nick Down

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, February 8, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dingli Cliffs
    Elevation:830 ft / 252 m

Ascent Trip Report

The Kompass 1:25,000 map of Malta and Gozo marks Te Dmejrek as the Malta high point, with an elevation of 257m rather than the more generally quoted 253m. The Kompass spot height is the highest mound on the south side of the junction between the quarry entrance track and the road along the Dingli Cliffs. Standing briefly on top of the mound, before very nearly being ignominiously blown off it by a February squall, I was convinced it is materially higher higher than the cliff top around the Maddalena Chapel and the radar station, and the return view confirmed this (although a wayward altimeter watch added nothing whatsoever to the comparison). Watching the storms out to sea was fair compensation for being pitched off the thistly mound of Te Dmejrek by the wind. Be sure to visit the new Cliffs visitor centre and restaurant just north of the radar station. Opened on 6 November 2012, it has displays on the 1100 wild flowers and other wildlife of this limestone area, and superb food: try the borage pasta, made with local herbs and delicate mauve borage flowers.
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