Ascent of Pico de Teide on 2020-01-20

Climber: Bill Hughes

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, January 20, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Pico de Teide
    Elevation:12198 ft / 3717 m

Ascent Trip Report

Failed to get permit, so did this early morning in order to get up and down from summit before permit police start at 09:00. On the plus side, this meant I would be at the summit for sunrise, so every cloud has a silver lining.

Parked up at Montanha Blanca trailhead the previous evening and slept in car. Parking there for only about 10 cars and I took the penultimate space. Plenty of other lay-bys within a couple of km that were empty that evening but jammed with people taking the cable car the next day.

Started hike at 03:15 and reached summit at 07:40, just in time for sunrise. Easy navigation throughout with dirt track initially and then clear path up the mountain. Quite crowded at summit with people for sunrise, almost all of whom had stayed overnight at the Refugio. Only five of us I think hiked up all the way from the trailhead in one go. Small, occasional patches of snow/ice to side of path from 2500m and later on path, but always small and easy to step round. -5C at top with wind chill, but glorious, sunny morning and 24C at trailhead when I got back.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5344 ft / 1628 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5344 ft / 1627 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12.2 mi / 19.6 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5344 ft / 1628 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4488 ft / 1367 m; Extra: 856 ft / 260m
    Loss on way in:856 ft / 260 m
    Distance:6.1 mi / 9.8 km
    Start Trailhead:Sendero de Montanha Blanca  7710 ft / 2350 m
    Time:4 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4488 ft / 1367 m
    Distance:6.1 mi / 9.8 km
    End Trailhead:Sendero de Montanha Blanca  7710 ft / 2350 m

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