Climbing the Teide

 Climbing up the Teide had been on our TODO list since the early days planning this trip. With its peak culminating at 3715m, this volcano is not only the highest point of Spain but also the third biggest volcano in the world, right after 2 volcanoes located in Hawaii. 

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After arriving in Tenerife and talking to our new friends Blandine and Max from the french sailboat "Boheme", we decided to wait for our longtime friend Stevie from Excursions Barcelona to join us, then rent a car and start with the climb.

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We decided to have an early start, almost succeeded, and were happy to look up to the volcano and see a big blue sky in the background! It promised to be a great day for our little trip. In the end, the clouds and the cold came back and we did not get the clear view on all the Canary Islands that we hoped for... The temperature at the refuge was about 7ºC, quite a change from the 20+ degrees that we've been having for the last few weeks.

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Even though the weather was not perfect, it was still a  great hike and quite a change from the mostly "static" days on the boat. We went up 1000m and hiked a little more than 14 km in 6 hours. Our whole bodies have been reminding us that performance for the last couple of days already!

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