Azoia revisited

We had a couple of trips to the crags at Azoia on our 2018 visit (see these links for approach and route beta)

… so were in Groundhog Day mode, mostly re-covering ground this time. Just like the famous film, we took advantage of prior experience to optimise things.At Poema Rocha, for example, we knew to avoid the sandbag V+ and 6a+ at the lefthand end (which didn’t stop Jim throwing himself at them, despite warnings!) and instead to enjoy the newer couple of V+s to the right (one of which, Pe ante pe, now sports an extension to about 25m)The adjacent Vertente Natural, 6b+ is also very good, with the meat of the route packed into the final 5m overhanging arete.We also took advantage of the 3rd team member to get some great shots of the routes in the cave (and a bit of grey point beta to make up for a dodgy shoulder and get me up my first 7a of the trip, Salto Imortal)BIG swing on the lower-off!Helen made the most of the warmer weather to do the shady Prana, V, and Pra Todos, 6a, which has also now sprouted an extension to about 20m.To cap off a good day we were entertained with aquabatics by the resident Sesimbra dolphins (apparently there’s a pod of about 25 in the vicinity)The following day, Jim and I made a lightning raid to Condominio Fechado. Chillier weather didn’t encourage hanging around, and we ticked 5 of the 6a/+s at the left hand side of the crag and were back at the campsite in about 3 hours.Checking back to my blog post from our last visit I said: “The climbing really is exhilarating – steep moves on generally huge and sometimes surprising holds.”… and a repeat visit didn’t disappoint. It hadn’t got any less steep either!

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