Ascent of Pico de Teide on 2017-12-12

Climber: Alex Lennon

Others in Party:Duncan Lennon
Molly Lennon
Date:Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pico de Teide
    Elevation:12198 ft / 3717 m

Ascent Trip Report

The most 'exotic' peak I've ever climbed. Duncan, Molly, Evan and I have been traveling around Morocco, Spain and Portugal for five weeks now. Hiking El Teide made for the best and most amazing day of the whole trip.

We left our air bnb in Santa Cruz at 7:30, arriving at the Montana Blanca trailhead before 9. It was raining almost the entire drive up. When we descended into the caldera, the clouds parted and we got amazing views of the surreal, Martian landscape and of the peak itself. Our excitement fully renewed, we pulled into the small lot and got our packs in order.

The hike started gently on a wide, road-like trail. Having never been to Hawaii and only having climbed Cascade volcanoes in the US, the slopes of Teide were the most alien volcanic landscape I'd ever seen. The trail up to the Refugio was pleasant, and we were up there by 11 or so. Our permit was for the 1-3 time slot, so we waited around til a party descended so we could inquire if the Teleferico was closed in the hopes that we could go up early. It was! We left the Refugio at 11:40 and were on top before 1. We encountered a trace amount of ice below Las Rambletas, but none above except on the very top. the clouds had slowly followed us up all morning, but we still beat them to the summit and were able to enjoy mind-blowing views for over an hour before heading down.

On our descent we encountered torrential mist below the Refugio, and by the time we got to the car we were soaked to the bone. We were so happy with our day though, we couldn't possibly keep from grinning through the wind and the rain. When I first saw a picture of Teide on here a few years ago, I instantly knew this peak would be a life goal of mine. I never would've guessed then that I would be lucky enough to climb it at age 27. Truly an amazing and awe-inspiring peak. Tenerife in general is an amazing and unique place- it's easy to see why Charles Darwin so badly wanted to visit (the crew was quarantined offshore for cholera and had to press on to Cabo Verde, much to Darwin's devastation). A strange and unforgettable island, to be sure.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4265 ft / 1299 m
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4265 ft / 1299 m
    Route:Montana Blanco
    Start Trailhead:7933 ft / 2417 m
Descent Statistics

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