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simon3
2011-03-20 16:24:40
"Circular ridge of Caldera Blanca, Lanzarote." from simon3 Expand pics
Circular ridge of Caldera Blanca, Lanzarote. (Expand pics)
Walking in riddles.
One of the great joys of walking in Connemara are the hard quartzite mountains. There's little vegetation or bog and there are great, airy ridges.
Well, you get some of the same feel in parts of Lanzarote, specifically on this old crater called Caldera Blanca. The rock at the top is generally hard. Although volcanic and definitely nothing to do with quartzite it has weathered somewhat smoothly and, where it faces the north, is covered in thin white lichen which is where the Blanca bit comes from. You can see this colouring in the picture.

Quite unlike an Irish ridge however is that the ridge is continuous, a circuit of around 3.4km with a narrow though walkable top and steep scree slope sides on both sides.
We circumnavigated this top on one of the few truly showery days that Lanzarote has to offer. Just as we reached the top (461m) we were caught in not rain, but hail. There is no easy cover anywhere near this top and so much hail fell the smooth ground became seriously treacherous. Very much like many a Maamturks walk.
Speaking to a park guide, we were told that we had chosen to go up on a day when the coldest temperature in the Canaries for March since records began had been recorded. Yes, really right at home.
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