VIDEO - WILL YOU REACH THE TOP?
Our key volunteer fundraising event this year is The Teide Challenge. The Teide Challenge is not for the fainthearted. It’s a physical feat perfect for anyone with a love of mountaineering, incredible views as well as physical and mental challenges.
We encourage all of our volunteers to attempt The Teide Challenge as part of a fundraiser to help support projects and communities around the world. We are looking to raise £30,000 in 2019, as this will allow us to start two new projects, including the development of the Atlantic Ocean Cetacean Network, which will support whale and dolphin research and conservation efforts of organisations across the Atlantic.
Mount Teide is the third highest volcano on earth, and most voluminous in the world. It is the highest peak on the Canary Islands and in the whole of Spain. So, to reach the summit really is quite an achievement.
The climb takes place overnight, to protect you from the sun, and you then get to watch the sunrise from the highest point on the island. According to the people here that have completed the challenge its apparently the most incredible sunrise you could ever see! Once you have reached the summit, you are then presented with two options. Either you can walk back down to base camp, or the choose the more popular Cable Car back down to the bottom.
Here is what some of our volunteers had to say about the experience on completing the challenge;
"It definitely is a challenge! The climb starts easy but gets harder and harder-like levelling up on a game! Not only do you have to be determined and have a positive attitude but you must push yourself physically and mentally! However, you feel a sense of real achievement and the view is just stunning! My camera battery is exhausted, just like me.”
“Climbing Teide was one of the hardest and most rewarding things I have ever done. I was sceptical of climbing it at first but I am so glad that I did! The walk itself is not too hard, however it really shows you how good your mental health is. I climbed it with some amazing people who gave me a lot of support to push through. I would recommend the experience to anyone.”
We are running the Teide Challenge through Just Giving, as soon as you decide you want to attempt the challenge, please sign up to Just Giving and search for AWdF in the list of registered charities.
Teide Challenge t-shirts are available for those attempting the climb. These are available for £12 - if you would like one please let us know your size and you can purchase one on arrival.
Thanks for taking part, and good luck!!