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Ascent of Pica da Vara on 2011-05-30

Climber: Nick Down

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, May 30, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pica da Vara
    Location:Portugal
    Elevation:1103 m / 3619 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Driving around the gloriously wild North-Eastern coast of Sao Miguel on a clear and sunny day, I couldn't resist the temptation to climb Vara. Drove up the long cul de sac from Achada, parking on the cinder track section a kilometre or so below the ridge line. There a waymarked path to Vara awaits, and promptly leads you through a high level bog surprisingly reminiscent of the Southern Uplands. the ridge becomes more sharply defined after a saddle and path junction. The path wends through a miniature forest of dwarf conifers, past a memorial to an Air France plane that crashed in 1949, and over an intervening top before zigzagging towards the summit of Vara, crowned with a typically Cubist Portuguese summit cross. A delightful walk with views from coast to coast across the island, and over the forested ridges leading from Vara to lower summits to the North.
Summary Total Data
    Distance:9.7 km / 6 mi
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 30 Minutes



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