Ascent of Serra da Estrela on 2013-04-07

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Adrian Rayner
Date:Sunday, April 7, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
Peak:Serra da Estrela
    Elevation:6539 ft / 1993 m

Ascent Trip Report

We climbed this peak immediately after its near neighbour Serra da Gardunha. It's a fine rugged mountain and the long zigzag drive up from the attractive town of Covilha is quite impressive.

However, Estrela is the ultimate drive-up, with several buildings including a so called commercial centre selling a lot of cheese, leather goods and other "artesanal" stuff. Plastic sledges were selling well as there was a lot of snow up there. With the snow cover and poor visibility it wasn't possible to determine the exact location of the highest point but it appears to be at about N40.32192 W7.61284 in the traffic circle which has the triangulation pillar at its centre.

It's not unusual for portuguese trigs to be built on tall plinths although in this case they seem to have gone the extra seven metres required to achieve an elevation of 2000 metres.

After a half decent meal in the mainland's highest bar restaurant we headed back to Lisbon to complete the final leg of journey back from the Cape Verde islands.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:YDS 1
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Windy, White-out

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