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Old Apr 27, 2009, 10:19 PM   #1
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We hiked throughout the area surrounding Spain's highest peak - the dormant volcano of Mount Teide (El Pico del Teide). It was a profoundly moving experience. From any vantage point,the peak of the mountain lay visible, at times barely so due to clouds. All around us,enormous jagged cathedrals,birthedof fire and rock reached endlessly skyward and made us feel as though, truly, we were standing at the feet of giants.

1. The path leads this way. The peak is visible between the clouds.
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Old Apr 27, 2009, 10:21 PM   #2
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2. The "cathedrals".
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Old Apr 27, 2009, 10:24 PM   #3
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3. The volcano dwarfs all. It's peak is3,618 metres above sea level. I was at 2,800 metres when I took these photos, and yes, the air was a bit thin at that altitude. Cheers, Dan
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Very nice pictures - the type of place I'd love to visit. Can you hike to the top or is it technical climbing? And yes - the air does get thin when you get over 8,000 feet. But it's so beautiful at that altitude - the sky is so much bluer.
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Old Apr 29, 2009, 9:22 AM   #5
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Harriet, there is a path that leads from the flatlands (visible in the foreground of photo #3) - up to the top of the mountain, but not its peak. Apparently it takes about 4 hours towalk -nothing technical. The challenges faced are the grade of the climb and, as you ascend, the rarer air. Due to time constraints we took a cable car tothe top. Although i consider myself to be in shape, I was amazed at how light headed I became while taking photos up there. The reason access to the peak is controlledis because tourists have been walking off with some of the volcanic rocks for souvenirs, thus damaging this site. Thanks for looking and your kind words. regards, Dan
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looks like quite a spectacular spot, Dan, and well photographed! 3600m... lemme see... about 12,000 feet... yep, that'd account for the thin air! i'm afraid with my asthma, i'd be outta luck halfway up!
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Thanks Rocky. Not to worry about asthma - there's always the Baker Lake area, right? Cheers, dan
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Great shots especially #1 good work
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Beautiful crisp clear shots.
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Old May 15, 2009, 2:50 AM   #10
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Dan,

You took me back to days I did mountaineering. Will post some shots soon.

Liked the first much; combination of path, hidden peak, blue sky and the clouds. It made me feel the ambiance there.

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