From June 8th to July 7th, our illustrator Elsa Poderosa will visit Vertigo Rocódromo Lisboa, the largest indoor climbing centre in Portugal, to inspire the climbers with a collection of mountain illustrations entitled The Great Escape. At the opening, this Thursday at 9 PM, we invite you to share, by reading it out loud, a shortstory, poem, song or story about mountains.

The Great Escape

Elsa went to Switzerland and saw mountains out of sight. She saw white mountains, sprinkled with rock; she saw mountains where the trees grew on sloping cliffs, but very high and straight and she saw mountains that seemed to reach for the sky, and they reached indeed. The mountains meant so much to her that this exhibition was inevitable. It would always be inevitable to draw mountains when there are so many in her. Inside, she brings conflicting but always intense mountains: they can be hard like stone or as soft as snow, they can be challenging or make us wilt and they can be tall and lonely or lower and flanked by the company of others. She has never climbed a real mountain, but she feels that she has already reached the top of many.




Vertigo is a space in Lisbon where sport, culture and the arts are united. The 400 m2 indoor complex is designed for safe and fun climbing and is destined to all of those looking for an alternative to conventional gyms and in search for an unique way of doing sports.

Elsa ‘Poderosa’ Pedrosa

Elsa Pedrosa comes directly from Monte Redondo, a village near Leiria, the city where she grew up. She later graduated in Communication Design in Faro and, in Guimarães, she finished her Masters in Illustration. Elsa says Poderosa “was born from the will to believe in her power to make others dream.” And that’s what she’s been doing since. She has exhibited her work at Banco de Portugal and in the emblematic bookshop Arquivo, both in Leiria. She also participated in the Entremuralhas Festival. After a few exhibitions in Guimarães and Porto, she’s currently focusing in the Lisbon area. She painted a mural in Amadora inspired by the illustrations of Roque Gameiro and the pottery of Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro. Her dream is to work as an illustrator and make books for children. One of them, already became true as her master project. O Menino Vazio is an autobiographical book that promises to tinker with your emotions.

Here are some directions for your comfort:

Vertigo Climbing Centre

Av. Infante Dom Henrique

Edifício Beira Rio – Fracção S

1950-408 Lisboa // 96 789 0179

Open from Monday to Thursday from 3 PM to 11 PM, Friday from 3 PM to 10 PM,

Saturday from 11 AM to 9 PM and Sunday from 11 AM to 6 PM.


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