The pursuit of mountain climbing is gaining fans with the local population
In May 2000 the first mountain shop opened in
Montanhaö, lead by two
Marco Quintal and
offering equipment and advice to local and
maybe other european climbers.
Knowing the fact that climbing here is quite
foreigners (although it would
be worthwile) and in order to promote this sport safely, I started an
initiative to equip a place on Praia Formosa with solid belays and 5-6 bolt -
routes to use it for climbing courses.
A typical mountain trail in the areas around Pico do Arieiro
There is still lot to be done: for example,
maybe one day,
a nice route will lead
across the north face rocks of
Grande, the largest unconquered wall on Madeira with a possible grade 7b
difficulty. Or a climbing area with routes on Ponta da GalÚ will be done which
accessible by boat or walk.
However, if you are interested and
Want to join rock climbing, contact
Montanha, Tel. 291 222 105, Duarte or Marco,
at Rua da Carreira, 103, Funchal.