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Lanzarote – Montana Blanca   14 comments

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Time to bag another volcanic summit. We’d had another leisurely morning of poolside lazing and strolls along the seafront so an afternoon hike was in order. Today’s outing was on the far side of the Timanfaya National Park to Montana Blanca, or Caldera Blanca. The name seems to vary depending on which map or guidebook you use. It’s obviously quite well-known as the parking area was very busy when we pulled up and its obvious to see why once you reach the top.

First things first, we had to reach the bottom that involved a path carved through one of the lava flows from the Timanfaya eruptions

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The fact that someone has decided to drive a path through this stuff is extraordinary. You only have to walk two or three paces off the path to realise how impossible it is to cross without help and how much effort it must take to build

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They are interesting with features that form like “rivers” albeit from lava rather than water

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They are pretty hard going however and you soon long for easier ground

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On the way to the main summit you base the smaller sibling of Montana Caldereta, itself not exactly insubstantial

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These volcanic relics of much older eruptions are very reminiscent of the Auvergne in France at least in shape. Those are much older and now covered in grassland and forests

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The main summit looks loose and hard to climb from below and you expect it to be a loose pile of dust and rubble. In fact it was quite hard and rocky and a decent path takes you onto the rim of the Caldera. It’s striking and the base of the crater is pretty deep, good few hundred feet I’d guess

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This is Montana Caldereta from above. These older cones are called Isoltes (Isolates I assume) and are the older relics that the more recent lava simply flowed around. You can see it quite clearly in this shot

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The weather had changed with a bank of cloud rolling in and a pretty ferocious wind blowing. The rim is narrow enough to make it interesting without being dangerous but I was glad the wind was blowing away from the drop into the crater

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We reached the top at 461m without incident and in fact just a couple of feet below the summit marker all was calm

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The views across this particularly remote and uninhabited corner of the island were amazing

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The panorama shot below got a bit interrupted mid-flow as it were (hard taking one in a strong wind) but gives an idea of the massive size and depth of the crater

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One of my favourite shots of the day, bright sunshine and moody clouds

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I think the big peak on the right is Guardilama that we climbed a few days earlier

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Looking out over the Atlantic

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Time to head down and continue around the crater rim. There is a path up to the next summit along, Risco Quebrado but we’d started late and still had a way to go, so took a rain check on that one

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As with most days as the sun lowers the light highlights the volcanic summits to greater effect

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I think (not 100% sure) that this is the Aloe Vera plant that seems to thrive in these landscapes. There are lots of dedicated museums and shops on the island to this little plant and its various unguents and potions

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We found a nice traversing path down to the base on the far side of the crater taking in the last of the sunny photos before it started to set

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It was a long walk back through the lava fields to the car and it was pretty much dark when we reached it. We were only one of two cars left

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Another stunning walk on this strange and beguiling island

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