Ascent of Pico de Teide on 2008-12-31

Climber: Caj Svensson

Others in Party:Eva
Date:Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Pico de Teide
    Elevation:12198 ft / 3717 m

Ascent Trip Report

We were in the big crater they day before in a heavy rain and made a decision to skip the climb. Some snow higher up.
New Years Eve and an alpine start in the car from Santa Cruz. Parked along the road and set off. Met a guy coming down that said that the trail was icy from above the hut at some 2800 m. We continued higher and stopped to get the crampons on. The top of the mountain was glaced and we were lucky with the poles and the crampons. It was beautiful with the transparent ice. The cable car didn't run so we saw very few others on the mountain. Less that 15 in total is my estimate. Nice sunny day on the highest peak in Spain.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4593 ft / 1399 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4593 ft / 1399 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4593 ft / 1399 m
    Route:Normal trail
    Start Trailhead:Road  7605 ft / 2318 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4593 ft / 1399 m
    Route:Same way down
    End Trailhead:Back at the road  7605 ft / 2318 m

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