Normal service has been resumed – warning, this post may include pictures of sunshine!
Poios is a really pretty little village in the hinterland, about 45mins from the coast, and lies at one end of the Vale de Poios gorge, which is a nature reserve with an attractive path running through it.
Generally very steep, orange rock with slots and pockets and horizontal edges gives pumpy and athletic climbing – you certainly feel like you’ve had a workout even though they’re 25m at most. Some fun 5s and 6as at the right hand end are good value, including Paulo below
A couple of locals (okay, they were from Lisbon) let me use their clips on this then suggested I should have a go at O Trator o Miudo e a Velha, a 7a a bit further left. Steep layback moves to a poor rest under a roof followed by a long reach out and right to surmount it… I just popped off the finishing jug, but it was so good that (unusually for me) I pulled the rope and did it on the redpoint.