Foz dos Fornos – Take 2

Another crag revisited from our last visit exactly two years ago:

On that occasion we were blessed with sun but buffeted by a howling wind. This time the weather spoiler was an eerie sea fret that came and went during the day.

… but we pretty much ticked the crag. Here’s Jim on Restinhos, one of the three V+s on the slabby west-facing wall

… and Helen on Via on Demand, V+

Round on the South face, Eu Iria… is a fairly straightforward 6b+ with just one tricky section up a ramp.

… and here’s Jim on the excellent but run-out Nao SEA Parvo, 6a+, with 6 bolts in about 25m (but mostly big holds in between).

On our previous visit I’d failed to persuade Helen to sample one of the routes on the east-facing wall down by the sea, and looking at the wet, slopey jammed block that forms the belay, about 5m above the booming crash of the incoming rollers, I had to admit that she had a point. Luckily Jim was more persuadable, and I got to finish the day with a quest up the central (and easiest) line, Trio das Brocas, 6b+. This was good but no giveaway, with a hard-to-read line and very little evidence of traffic. Atmospheric in the gloom…

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