Atlantic Winter


This was a harsh season, one to be remembered for its consecutive sea storm episodes, record rains and winds; littoral devastation. One in which the usual elements that characterize the normally mild portuguese winter went to the fullest. Or, what it looked like!

Such weather patterns are more common of the northern Atlantic latitudes; for three months it felt a bit like Britain only, with heavier rains…The levels of relative humidity quickly raised to 90% and around they oscillated pretty much everywhere, near the coast and inside the bones for a period of three months. Result, the sea cliffs weren’t very often practicable and took time for them to come to sending conditions. Sea and atmospheric forecasts were tighter than usual, promptness and efficiency a requirement for the stubborn Lisbon climbers.

Fortunately waves were ok over the no-rock days; not at their best as it tended to be huge and windy but, good enough to set surf at the odd peaks that only start working in big swells. Big dosing of training, energy and patience; Spring please!

1st sunrise of the year; Mareta, Sagres.

1st sunrise of the year; Mareta, Sagres.

Fast drying session in Casal Pianos.

Fast drying session in Casal Pianos.

Finger cracking in Cresce e aparece 7b; Morro, Casal Pianos. Ph. Pieterjan De Roo

Finger cracking in Cresce e aparece; Morro, Casal Pianos. Ph. Pieterjan De Roo

Pieterjan visiting from Barcelona; attentive on belay, showers and waves at sector Poças, Meio Mango.

Pieterjan visiting from Barcelona; attentive on belay, showers and waves at sector Poças, Meio Mango.

Good reference to size how rough is the sea down there; not a bad day.

Good reference to size how rough is the sea down there – not a bad day.

For something completely different: stoked river surfing; Eisbach, Munich.

For something completely different: stoked river surfing; Eisbach, Munich.

...indoors during the week while visiting ISPO. Thanks for all Frederik! ;)

…indoors during the week while visiting ISPO. Thanks for everything Frederik!

On the way to succeed in another Sintra's quality highball; Rebentamente 7b. Ph.Ricardo Alves

On the way to succeed in another Sintra’s quality highball; Rebentamente. Ph.Ricardo Alves

Iris always psyched, in Azoia.

Iris always psyched! Azoia.

The same crag; Ana attempting Botznic 7c.

The same crag; Ana attempting Botznic.

Macau repeating, Odor de Dedos 7a+, with new moves; Sintra.

Macau repeating Odor de Dedos, with a new beta; Sintra.

Ou vai ou racha 8b, rampa, Fenda. One of the hardest winter sends along with: Super Skunk 8b+, cova de Sta Linha, Meio Mango; Ensopado de sapato 8a+, Corgas, Sagres; Red Curry on Rice 8a/a+, rampa, Fenda; Nada na Manga 8a, Poças, Meio Mango; Larapio 8a, Cova Sta. Linha, Meio Mango e Vivo bem sem namorada 8a, Vertigem, Sesimbra.

Ou vai ou racha, Rampa, Fenda. One of the hardest winter sends along with: Super Skunk, cova de Sta. linha, Meio Mango; Ensopado de sapato, Corgas, Sagres; Red Curry on Rice, Rampa, Fenda; Nada na Manga, Poças, Meio Mango; Larapio, Cova Sta. Linha, Meio Mango e Vivo bem sem namorada, Vertigem, Sesimbra. Happy to have done the most out of the bad conditions. Ph. Helenita

Blooming time...Cabo Espichel.

Blooming time…Cabo Espichel.

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