Ascent of Cabeço Gordo on 2014-04-18

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Bob Packard
Adrian Rayner
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, April 18, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Cabeço Gordo
    Elevation:3422 ft / 1043 m

Ascent Trip Report

Summit known as Cabeço Gorda.

Evening flight to Lisbon, slept in check in area. Early morning flight to Horta, collected rental car at airport, collected Bob Packard from his hotel and drove up to NE trailhead N38.58023 W28.70634 (894m). A short tunnel here leads to viewpoint down into attractive green caldera, route down into it starts here, permission (and guide) needed.

From parking lot, obvious caldera rim trail leads to summit, upper section marked by old fence posts we found useful in mist on the way down.

Summit area has several transmitter masts. Highpoint is near the first one reached (easternmost), either a small cairn round the back, or inside a small fenced compound. We squirmed under the gate to make sure of the summit but the fence is only a few inches lower, and the cairn very similar. Caught by a heavy rain shower at summit (June is said to be best time to go).

About an hour round trip from trailhead. It's possible to drive almost to the summit from the north west but it was good to hike part of the rim. Given more time we'd have hiked the rim circuit, 2.5 hours, but it was raining and misty. Additionally there was a possibility that the 17:15 ferry to Pico would not run, due to strike action, so following local advice, we headed back to Horta and got the 15:15 ferry to Pico island, planning to climb Pico - an ultra-prominence summit and our main trip objective - the next day.

Cabeço Gordo photo album
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:489 ft / 149 m
    Total Elevation Loss:489 ft / 149 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Grade/Class:YDS 2
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Raining, Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:489 ft / 149 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:From NE
    Start Trailhead:NE trailhead  2933 ft / 893 m
    Time:20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:489 ft / 149 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    End Trailhead:NE trailhead  2933 ft / 893 m
    Time:15 Minutes

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