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Ascent of Pico de Teide on 2018-09-08

Climber: James Stone

Others in Party:Julie Stone
Date:Saturday, September 8, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pico de Teide
    Location:Spain
    Elevation:12198 ft / 3717 m

Ascent Trip Report

Caught the bus from Los Cristianos (one service each way per day - cost Euro 7.60 pp each way) and alighted at the Montaña Blanca trailhead. There is parking there for about 13/14 cars but it was full by the time we arrived at 11am.

A vehicular track constitutes the start of Trail no 7. This is a pleasant warm up for things to come as it winds for about 5km through an other worldly landscape to the foot of a steepening towards the Altavista Refuge. There were some nice rocks to sit on for a late lunch at this point.

The slope up to the Refuge is quite steep and the route, now a path, zig zags its way up between two lava flows. We were at the Refuge where we planned to stay the night just after 3pm. We had booked our stay many weeks before. Of course, by doing this, you take pot luck with the weather. For us the wind was pretty strong so we were forced into the hut even though the sun was shining.

The forecast was for the wind to abate a little overnight so we opted against making a summit attempt there and then.

The Refuge is fairly basic but clean. The kitchen facilities are too small for the 54 people that the Refuge accommodates. It is best to bag a spot early or wait until the surge has dissipated.

I suffered (a little unusually for me) at this altitude with a bit of nausea and did not sleep too well as the dormitories were stuffy and a little noisy. The sunset with the shadow of Teide being cast in front of us was great.

Everybody was up around 5am. Most wanted to see sunrise from the summit. But we decided not to join the throng. So we had a leisurely breakfast and departed an hour or so after most. We only had to use our head torches for 45 minutes or so.

If anything the wind was stronger. There is an indicator in the Refuge and this was showing gusts in excess of 80kpm. The path above the Refuge is clear enough. By the time we reached the Teleferico station most people who had left before us were on their way down. We had a stop here to refuel before battling the wind again.

One advantage of starting after the crowds is that we had the summit to ourselves. Some people were disappointed because, due to the wind, the Teleferico was not running and so they had an unexpected walk down. Because the Teleferico was not working this also meant that the permit police were not present. So anyone could have ascended Teide that day with or without a permit.

The views from the top are stunning even as were having to grip rocks to prevent ourselves from being blown off in the gusts. There is a small crater with monitoring equipment and various places where steam and other gases are ejected. We could smell these even with the wind.

We descended the whole way back to the Montaña Blanca trailhead by 2.30pm an hour early for the bus to take us back to Los Cristianos having stopped for a brief rest at the Refuge to take off layers of clothing, to have further refreshment at the start of the vehicle track and later to have a closer look at Los Huevos del Teide.

A nice climb!

But a different perspective on the climb can be found here.
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