Ascent to Foia-East summit on 2014-04-21

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Adrian Rayner
Date:Monday, April 21, 2014
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Foia - East summit
    Elevation:2949 ft / 898 m
    Remaining Elevation:10 ft / 3 m (18% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

2013-03-29: This popular hill is easily visited as there is a car park and cafe near the summit. However, the highest point, marked by a tall obelisk (trig pillar) is inside a military radar compound secured and guarded.

We looked into the possibility of visiting this isolated summit in a day trip from Lisbon, but as it seemed unlikely that we could reach the summit, we abandoned the idea and targeted Serra Mamede instead.

2014-04-21. After visiting we headed east to visit Foia. An interesting summit with a very nice approach drive. However, as we had anticipated, not tickable unless you enter the radar station.

We first investigated the tall trig pillar on the west summit within the radar base but of course couldn't reach it. We visited the rocky east summit, a cairn (N37.31742 W8.59114) by a mast, reached via a flight of steps. This appears to be very similar in elevation to the radar base summit, although viewing against the sea level horizon suggests the base of the big trig pillar is a little higher. It would be interesting to see a hand level analysis. 1:25,000 mapping has no 900m contour on the east summit, suggesting max 899m there, unless the contour is missing.

This completed our 4 day trip to Azores and southern Portugal and we returned to Lisbon for the flight home.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:45 ft / 13 m
    Total Elevation Loss:29 ft / 8 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Grade/Class:YDS 1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:45 ft / 13 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.1 km
    Start Trailhead:2904 ft / 885 m
    Time:2 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:29 ft / 8 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.1 km
    End Trailhead:2920 ft / 890 m

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