Its long been known that the Azure Window in Gozo has been steadily losing rock over the years as the wind and the waves ceaselessly pound it particularly during the winter months. In fact, when scuba-diving around the window you can’t help noticing the huge boulders lying on the seabed which obviously became detached from the arch and collapsed into the sea beneath.
Its now been reported that the current spell of strong winds and huge waves have spelt the end of a couple of routes which have now collapsed. “Arete route” and the trad diagonal crack route “Naked Fear” an E4/5 6a are both gone!
This picture was taken by Laurence Gouault, Stevie Haston’s wife last Saturday looking south towards the window and Dwejra.
For comparison purposes, I traced this pic in the collection of well known British climber Al Evans showing him abseiling off the window sometime back in the 70s. You can compare the thickness of the arch then to now (photo below), as well as the left hand wall, most of which has disappeared leaving a flat wall split by an obvious crackline. The clock is ticking…