Pico Cão Grande
|Pico Cão Grande|
Pico Cão Grande
|Elevation||663 m (2,175 ft) |
|Mountain type||Volcanic plug|
The Pico Cão Grande (Portuguese for "Great Dog Peak") is a landmark needle-shaped volcanic plug peak in São Tomé and Príncipe, in the south of São Tomé Island in Parque Natural Obô de São Tomé. Its summit is 663 m (2,175 ft) above sea level, and it rises about 370 m (1,210 ft) over the surrounding terrain. The volcanic plug was formed by magma solidifying in the vent of an active volcano. The nearest village is Vila Clotilde, 3 km to the east. The district seat São João dos Angolares is 9 km to the east.
The first attempt to climb Pico Cão Grande was in 1975 by a Portuguese team of climbers, and the first successful climb was completed by a Japanese group of climbers. In June 2016, climbers Gareth Leah, from England, and Sergio Almad, from Mexico, established a new rock climbing route on the peak. The route is both extremely long and technically very demanding. The pair spent four weeks on the peak producing a route which they named Nubivagant - ascent into the clouds. The new route the duo established is a bolt-protected climb. The route is 15 pitches (455 metres) in length and is graded F8b (5.13d). They climbed all but three pitches clean. Their climb was plagued with various difficulties, including snake bites and blown battery chargers. The most difficult portions of the climb are in the first 100 meters, after which the difficulty drops considerably.
The climb (free ascent) has since been completed by Americans, Sam Daulton and Remy Franklin (August 1, 2018) following the first American ascents of Nubivigant and Cão Grande by Michael Swartz and Tyler Rohr.
The moss growing on the rocks due to high moisture content make the climb very difficult. In addition, snakes live on the volcanic plug, making the traverse even more difficult.
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- Media related to Pico Cão Grande at Wikimedia Commons