Fossil Cave

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DWS
Morning sun
5 mins
Level

This amazing cave is littered with buckets, pockets, prows, grooves and roofs. It's simply stunning, and gives any reasonably strong climber the chance to do countless moves in almost complete safety. It's the closest thing you'll ever find to a steep bouldering wall above a swimming pool! The highballs are also stunning, but give that extra sense of commitment, with three lines topping out at 20m, although on perfect rock. The best viewing platform is the very well-positioned boulder/viewing island lying off the left side - it just couldn't be in a better place, and it's big enough for a small picnic.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Amphibian Top 50
12m. This cracking line tackles the diagonal groove-line on the far left of the cave, just inside the viewing boulder; gain it...
 
2 Stars
DWS
Technical
Pumpy
6c S0
2
Coprolite Top 50
9m. The back wall of the cave offers this truly remarkable route, and at an outrageous grade for the territory. It's simply...
 
2 Stars
DWS
Strong
5c S0
3
Magnum Top 50
12m. Stupendous. One of the best solos in Portugal. Takes the hanging traverse out of the cave, with a wicked finale on the...
 
3 Stars
DWS
Strong
Pumpy
7b S0
4
Cabelo Loco Top 50
7m. The first of the truly steep routes in the Fossil Cave, this one plunges out from the low-level traverse to take on a roof...
 
3 Stars
DWS
Strong
Pumpy
7b S0
5
Cabelo Locko Top 50
7m. There is also a same-grade right-hand variation finish to the route, employing a dyno to the same finishing ledge.
 
2 Stars
DWS
Strong
Pumpy
7b S0
6
Trench Warfare Top 50
13m. The burly low-level traverse is usually climbed right to left, and involves an amazing collection of body bridges, funky...
 
2 Stars
DWS
Technical
Strong
Pumpy
7b S0
7
The Speleologist
15m. The ultra-low traverse can be used to gain the dry-bag pedestal, but only when the sea is calm and the tide low.
 
1 Stars
DWS
Pumpy
6b S0
8
Bill Piscod Top 50
8m. This superb line is truly, truly steep, but stops low, giving a very powerful and gymnastic test-piece, and all in complete...
 
2 Stars
DWS
Strong
Pumpy
7b+ S0
9
Faro Fawcett Finish Top 50
12m. Excellent. This leftwards line provides Best Seller with an S0 finish. From the mother route, climb diagonally leftwards,...
 
2 Stars
DWS
Strong
Pumpy
7a S0
10
Best Seller Top 50
20m. One of the coolest routes in town. Takes the steepness on, and combines it with a stunning and much easier wide groove...
 
3 Stars
DWS
Strong
Pumpy
Fluttery
7a S3
11
Cult Classic Top 50
20m. Intimidating but superb, taking you to the very top. The lower roof leads you to the well-formed prow; climb this,...
 
3 Stars
DWS
Strong
Pumpy
Fluttery
7a S3
12
True Grit Top 50
20m. This brilliant high-riser takes the big, steep arete on the right side of the cave. It offers generous pockets and jugs...
 
3 Stars
DWS
Strong
Pumpy
Fluttery
6c+ S3
13
Pick n' Mix Top 50
50m. A long and pumpy link-up. Solves the problem of exploring the cave without swimming! Climb The Speleologist to the dry-bag...
 
2 Stars
DWS
Pumpy
7a S0