Emergency services airlift climber to safety after he suffered altitude sickness on Teide

A 57-year-old Polish walker had to be rescued by helicopter shortly before 2.30 this afternoon after being overcome by altitude sickness when climbing Teide at just over 3,000 metres. He was airlifted to the helipad at the Adeje fire station, and then transferred by ambulance to Hospiten Sur. I’ve seen people plan to climb to the top of Teide with the slightest amount of preparation, and even go up with clothing suitable for the coast. It’s important to remember that it’s not just a case of low temperatures on a mountain of this size, but of altitude sickness too. No-one would climb Kilimanjaro, which is the highest free-standing mountain in the world, without significant mountaineering preparation, and it’s only 2,000 metres higher than Teide. Teide is 3,718m, and altitude sickness kicks in around 2,400m. Please be careful.


  1. When we went to Teide a few years ago I started having difficulty breathing when we were at what i think was a visitors centre pretty much at the very bottom. I thought it was my asthma and took a few puffs of my invalid. We then drove up to the cablecar and went up to the top. (Well as far as the cablecar goes.) at the top I really had difficulty breathing and things started going black at points. My hubby kept asking me if I was ok and not wanting to worry him I said I was fine. We didn’t stay too long but as time went on I was feeling worse. Once down at the carpark I felt fine again. At the time I thought it was my asthma, but later realised it was the altitude giving me my “funny turn”.

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    There’s some useful informtion HERE about the issue, but of course, just googling “altitude sickness” brings up loads of links.

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