"And learn from experience of others. Early Himalayan expeditions never used expensive goretex, merino or paramo analogy clothing. Tests by respected technical fabric testing institutions have looked into Hillary's or was it Irvine's clothing. They determined their clothing was as effective as modern clothing on Everest. Easily capable of use up Everest."
It's for my undergraduate degree. I'll be in the north east in Teno nature park looking at how successful ecological restoration programmes have been ( http://www.tenerife.es/life/index.htm ). Prickly pear and agave invasives were removed and we want to see whether it's been successful in allowing juniper trees to regrow, which involves lots of counting of plants and trees. I'm really looking forward to it - there's loads of endemic plant species and interesting geology to study.
To echo Paddy - a good sun hat - it is your own patch of shade.
Definitely taking my sun hat! I picked up a big broad brimmed Craghoppers one last summer as I was working outside with English Heritage a lot and it was really useful.
Factor 50 - La Roche-Posay Anthelios is my choice; but expensive.
Thanks for the recommendation - I'll check it out.
I'm off to Tenerife at the end of April/beginning of May for fieldwork rather than walking or climbing. It will mean that I'm outside all day in quite exposed areas so I was wondering what sort of clothes would be best. I'm planning on trail shoes, lightweight trousers and then a shirt, as the long sleeves and high collar are good for keeping the sun off.
Has anyone got any advice on good things to take? I was also wondering on what sort of insulation to take - is a microfleece enough, or does it get cold enough to justify something like a Primaloft gilet?