PONTA GARCIA


The atmospheric venue of Ponta Garcia, just a few kilometres outside Sagres, was Portugal's first DWS discovery, with routes established between 2001 and 2006. Garcia offers two distinct features: the wacky Fossil Cave, with tufa jugs and steepness guaranteed; and the three-piece Garcia Wall, with more jug-fests on superb rock. It's a great venue, with the approaches to the routes using either a traverse in, or a dry-bag swim-in - although I hear the local shops are now doing a roaring trade in kiddy play boats! Add to this plenty of unrealised projects, the Beliche Beach (some 300m distant) and a clutch of local cafés and restaurants, and you have a DWS spot that will stand the test of time. Although it might never rival the more recently developed Ingrina for steady grades and ease of access, Garcia is now firmly on the more advanced deep water soloists away-list.

Routes

35 dws routes (5c...7c)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
or shade
Approach walk Other
Fossil Cave
This amazing cave is littered with buckets, pockets, prows, grooves and roofs. It's simply...
13
DWS
Morning sun
Level

5 mins

Garcia Wall
The splendid Garcia Wall is home to a great bunch of classics, including the brilliant traverse of...
22
DWS
Lots of sun!
Level

5 mins

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