I'm trying to find out which is the highest summit in Western Europe that can be reached by a fit hiker without the need for real climbing gear. (Crampons and/or a safety rope to cross ice/snow fields are ok, but not needing ice-axes, rock-anchors, etc.)
EDIT: Via Ferrata are also out of the question.
To further clarify: I have a medical condition affecting my hands that doesn't affect hiking at all, but prevents me from doing activities that are strenuous on the hands. Like actual climbing or serious rope-work.
A multi-day hike to get from civilization to the summit is fine.
If there is an easier way to the top than hiking (e.g. a gondola-lift to close under the summit and just walk the last bit) that would be fine. (I'm not set on hiking. It's just that I don't want climbing.)
But I would like to exclude being dropped on the top by a helicopter. That feels too much like cheating.
I'm OK with summits that can only be visited with a guide or require permits for ascend.
I, for the purpose of this question, define Western Europe as Europe, but not including Turkey, Russia, Belarus and the Ukraine. Iceland and the Norwegian islands in the Arctic Sea can be considered as Europa too, but I'm NOT including the Spanish and Portuguese islands in the Atlantic (like the Canary Islands and the Azores). If I did, I'm fairly certain the Teide volcano on Tenerife (3718 meter) would be a prime contender.
So, how high can I get and were do I need to go for that?