Ascent of Serra de São Mamede on 2013-03-29

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Adrian Rayner
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, March 29, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Serra de São Mamede
    Elevation:3369 ft / 1026 m

Ascent Trip Report

We bagged this as a day trip from Lisbon between flights, about an 8 hour trip, on a wet day driving to the summit. We had plenty of time and made a few stops: the drive should take less than 3 hours each way, although it would be more efficient to take more time and include at least Estrela and Gardunha while in the area: these three P600s are reasonably accessible from Lisbon. Foia is too, but as far as I can tell, the highest point isn't readily accessible - see note.

From the attractive town of Portalegro a good road leads south east into the mountains. We keep right on a smaller paved road and at N39.30168 W7.35908 take a sharp L turn (NW) signposted to Pico Sao Mamede. As we are in low cloud and it has been raining intermittently we drive the road, which ends (N39.31310 W7.35966) at a telecoms complex within a few metres of the expected summit location. Walking west a few metres we soon see a tall obelisk emerge from the mist, accessed via a very short easy trail along a sort of ridge. On closer inspection this proves to be a 4m high concrete plinth supporting a triangulation pillar. There is no way up (presumably the surveyors used a ladder). The highest natural rocks and therefore the summit appears to be at the eastern edge of the plinth (N39.31350 W7.36041, 1032m). The 1:25,000 map shows the trig at the summit, about 100m WNW of our parking spot at the end of the paved road, so despite the lack of visibility we were clearly at the summit.

It is windy and soon starts raining hard so we head back to the car and drive back to the airport, for our onward flight to Cape Verde, where our first summit is Pico da Antonia.

Note: in better weather, Mamede would be a nice easy walk from the highway at the signpost: a circuit appears possible, likely taking an hour or so.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:55 ft / 16 m
    Total Elevation Loss:55 ft / 16 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Grade/Class:YDS 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Very Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:55 ft / 16 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.1 km
    Start Trailhead:Summit road  3314 ft / 1010 m
    Time:5 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:55 ft / 16 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.1 km
    End Trailhead:Summit road  3314 ft / 1010 m
    Time:5 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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