December 19 2009.
Kessler, Shaylee, Kimberly and I originally planned to walk all the way up Teide and ride the cable car down, but we got a late start and there was no way we could complete the route on time. We actually rode the cable car most of the way up before heading up and back down the trail. It was a very windy and cold day (but not as windy as the day before), but it was clear and with good views. We walked down the trail after taking all the side trips to the various overlooks. The trail down through the pumice was rather slippery and the kids fell a few times.
Kessler and I also took a side trip to Monte Blanco for some more fine views. From the parking lot, Kessler and Kimberly got a ride back to the cable car station with some college girls from England.
Summit done it from El Portillo using a round trip: trails 1+6+7+summit then back from the summit + 7 + 6 +1 trail. 22 kms and 2000 mts gain in 11 hours. Using this trails permission is not necesary... But anyway permissions is not necesary if you climb the summit between 6 pm - 9 pm.
Reached the summit, but two days later then planned. Because of weather and other issues I was forced to take the cable car, fortunately my permit was stil valid (if the cc isn't operational, the permit is valid the next day), so I got to the top. Very windy, but is was clear, so great views.
Will have to come back one day though, to climb it all the way, 'by fair means'.
I went to Tenerife with a plan to hike up the volcano. On the first day I traveled to the park office in the capital but they ran out of permits for the entire week. I could only stroll 200-300m from the top, but the views were amazing, it was worth it. But if u go during a heavy season, make sure to get the permits early!
Had to take the cable car to go up, as the National Park rangers had closed the route from Montaña Blanca and access to the route would not be free until 11.30h
In spite of that, I enjoyed the day and bagged the summit from the cable car upper station
Very hard going very short of breath most of the way up. Amazing views. Got the cable car down
i.e. trail 7 (Montaña Blanca - Pico Teide) up from the small car park at km 40 on road TF-21 via Refugio Altavista (3260 m) to the upper terminus of the cable car (La Rambleta, 3550 m), and then trail 10 (Telesforo Bravo) up to the summit.
3 hours 45 minutes
Great hike with my son Michael (16)!
and views to other islands...
Sabrina and I climbed normal route (up and down).
We also went down and up to Pico Viejo before going down.
Long nice day...
Having a break from work in Valencia and taking a holiday in Tenerife, my wife Rita, son Martin and daughter Claire took the cable car up from the plateau. We walked up the last few hundred metres to the summit cone that was emitting some small sulphurous fumes. The day was very clear and the views fantastic. Cloud inversion at the coast prevented us from seeing our holiday home in Puerto de la Cruz.
We did a two days hike from El Portillo up to Refugio Altavista. Next day we summitted Pico del Teide and went to the Pico Viejo. The way down from Teide was neverending! And than from Viejo as well. Finally we stood at Boca de Tauce and had to go back to the Parador for a bus. Really hard day for us, especially on the sunny weather :) But was worth it. I would love to come back again :) We have met lovely people here and I am wondering they are not on Summitpost :)
Florence and I reached the last platform of Teleferico (cable car) at 3550m. All paths were closed due to ice. We escaped through the barrier reaching Mirador del Pico Viejo with no real risk. Then taking advantage that guards could not view the west side we climbed in diagonal to reach west side and then the summit. It was fabulous to found ourselves alone in the highest point of Spain. Way back to the cable car was done without problem following the same path, only troubled by some little pieces of lava in our shoes.
Amazing night walk and beautiful dawn at the peak. Erick and I started at 2h00am from parking with the sky full of stars and reaching the hut at 4h15am. As we needed to be at the peak at dawn we enjoyed a warm nap in the hut of around 1h. Again up at 5h30am and reaching summit at around 7h30. we found some ice in this part of the route, no need anyhow for crampons/piolet. We ate some peanuts in the summit until the sun begun to raise. After some shots of crater and beautiful views, we run down... reaching the car at 10h00am.
This turned into a very enjoyable hike after a disipointing start on Mna. Blanca. Permits were not being issued in Santa Cruz due to 'meteorlogical conditions'. But, as luck would have it, the cable-car was not running this day! Which of course, means no rangers or park staff! So I climbed the remaining 511ft. to the summit cone. The trail further down near the Rufugio was extremely icy.
We hiked up from the road in one day. The conditions were really bad, the slopes of the mountain were covered in icy snow and a storm was coming up. We continued anyway and made it to the summit. Up there, we had no view whatsoever, and our jackets were coated with a 5mm layer of ice.
This was a great climb for me... I stayed positive and excited the whole way, and enjoyed the view throughout. The tourist who take the cable car are a bit annoying since they are everywhere along the path, but once past the permit station, it was good again.
Enjoyed the climb... took our time, about 4.5 hours but we didn't feel like rushing the day along. The weather was great and the views of the island and surrounding islands were fantastic. We enjoyed being on top of Spain!
We decided to climb El-Teide for a friends 50th birthday (and succeeded). Although the climb was straight forward (stopping at the Altavista refuge for dinner) the altitude was a real pace-slower. Well done to Geoff Roberts for claiming his first 10,000 footer.
Although the cable car was running when we climbed, we aimed to reach the summit at sunset to take photographs (thus ensuring that the guard had left, as we were to lazy to go to Santa Cruz for the permits) and I must say the sunset alone makes the whole climb worthwhile. 10 / 10.