DIFFICULTÉS PRINCIPALES: Extrême (sportif). The enormous height difference, long duration of the hike, heat and possible dehydration due to lack of water and, in winter, low temperatures.
RÉSERVES NATURELLES DANS LE RANDONNÉE: Paisaje Protegido del Barranco de Las Angustias. Parque Nacional de La Caldera de Taburiente.
PÉRIODE RECOMMANDÉE: All year round. Avoid hot days. Beware of snow in winter.
COMMENT ARRIVER AU DÉPART?: A support vehicle is required or else a taxi must be ordered.
RECOMMANDATIONS: Habitual precautions common to hiking in general are listed below. At the risk of sounding obvious, here are some of the most important:
Check weather forecasts before setting off to hike.
Don´t go alone
Tell someone your intended destination and expected time of arrival
Carry a small rucksack with warm clothing, waterproofs, food and plenty of water.
Don´t forget such simple items as: sun hat, protective cream and sun glasses.
Carry a mobile phone with fully-charged battery, a map and, if possible, a compass. They will probably never be used but, when required, are of vital importance.
Wear suitable gear, especially footwear: trekking boots or similar are essential, trainers or pumps are to be avoided.
AUTRES REMARQUES: The hike must be prepared for and the considerable physical effort it involves taken into account. Carry plenty of water, extra food and adequate clothing for the time of year. Set off as early as possible in summer. Do not stray from the path in the summit region.