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Guide to rock climbs in the Pyrenees - Spain, Europe - a Cicerone guide

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1 Jan 1990
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Rock Climbs In The Pyrenees

by Derek Walker
Book published by Cicerone Press

A guidebook to the best of Pyrenean rock climbing, near Panticosa and Formigal in Spain, Europe - 500m routes on immaculate andesite on the Pic du Midi d'Ossau; 300m routes on hard sandstone in the canyon of Ordesa; 300m conglomerate climbs on the towers and walls of Riglos; delicate slab climbing on limestone at the popular Santa Elena.

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This book invites climbers to enjoy the best of Pyrenean rock climbing, in an area hitherto neglected by British climbers.

There are 500m routes on immaculate andesite on the Pic du Midi d'Ossau; 300m routes on hard sandstone in the 10 mile long, one mile deep canyon of Ordesa; whilst the 300m conglomerate climbs on the towers and walls of Riglsos are mind-blowing in their stunning grandeur. Limestone is also represented, particularly at the popular Santa Elena, with its delicate slab climbing.

There is an introduction to the easier gorge descents of the remarkable Sierra Guara, where 200m deep canyons provide memorable trips.

The routes described offer a challenge to all climbers who perform at severe standard and upwards, who would like to attempt longer routes in a mountain setting but without the oppressive objective dangers found in areas of higher altitude. The increased length, ever present concern with route finding and time pressure to finish without benighting add a further dimension to both the joy and thrill of the climbing experience. However, the descriptions chosen are for routes with little or no loose rock and only minor route finding difficulty.

  • Seasons
    April-October should be best.
  • Centres
    Panticosa, or the larger ski village of Formigal. Campsites at Escarilla and Biescas.
  • Difficulty
    All grades from AD upwards.
  • Must See
    Pic du Midi d'Ossau, Ordesa canyon, Riglos, The Vignemale, the Vallé de Tena and the Sierra de Guara.
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1. Introduction    
        Maps and Huts
        Accidents and Emergencies
        Spanish Glossary

2. Pic du Midi d’Ossau   
        Grand Pic
        Le Doigt et Main de Pombie
        Petit Pic
3. Ordesa   
        Tozal del Mallo
4. Riglos   
        Mallo Fire
        Mallo Pison
        La Visera
5. The Vignemale   
        Grand Vignemale
        Pique Longue
        Petit Vignemale
        Aiguille des Glaciers
        Piton Carré ou Jumeaux
        Pointe de Chausenque
6. La Vallé de Tena   
        La Sierra de Partacua (Telera)
        La Peña Telera
        El Pico de Anayet
        Peña Foratata
        La Escuela de Santa Elena
        Las Foronias
7. The Sierra de Guara   
        Limestone Areas
        Rodellar (Mascun)

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