1/ What equipment do I need? A/ The minimum requirements I would suggest are as follows:
Sturdy walking boots or shoes - trail shoes are ideal as they are lighter and waterproof linings are not necessary on Tenerife
Sunhat & suncream
Minimum of 1 litre of water but preferably more, especially in the warmer months
Picnic/snacks - even things such as nuts, trail mix, dried fruit & chocolate can provide a much needed boost
Quick drying synthetic clothing including a lightweight anorak or fleece
Camera or binoculars - these are obviously optional but a camera in particular is well worth bringing
2/ Do I need to be very fit? A/ No, but you will need a reasonable fitness level as the terrain on Tenerife is often steep and rocky, which can be quite tiring. It is also worth bearing in mind that the warm temperatures can make walking more tiring than in the UK.
3/ What do the walk grades mean? A/ A simple grading system is used, as follows; Easy - Comfortably attainable for walkers who are used to walking fairly regularly, routes will not be too long (up to 3 hours) or involve extended climbs or descents Easy + Same as Easy with occasional elements found on Moderate walks Moderate - Still attainable for those of average fitness although the ascents and descents may be more prolonged than the easier grades and up to 5 hours duration Moderate + Same as Moderate but with occasional elements found on Hard walks Hard - You will need to be fit for these walks. Walks in this grade will have extended periods of ascent/descent and up to 6 hours duration. Altitude and technical paths may also be a factor with these walks.
4/ How do I get to the start of the walks? A/ I will collect you if you are staying in the southern resorts of the island. For this, you need to be based in the Los Cristianos/Playa de Las Americas/Costa Adeje area. However, if you are staying elsewhere in the southern part of the island, please check with me as it is often possible to collect you on the way to the start of the walks if you are staying outside the main resorts.
5/ How much are the walks? A/ This can vary as it depends on the area of the walk and the number of walkers and where you are staying but typically cost 25 euros per person for those staying in the southern resorts. Please enquire for more details.
6/ What happens if the weather is bad on the day of the walk? A/ I monitor the weather forecast before all walks and will notify you of any changes by phone. This may mean a postponement or sometimes a change in the intended route. Tenerife has many micro-climates and sometimes a shift of a few miles in the location of the intended walk can mean that the walk can go ahead.