The peaks of Anayet really are two summits: Vértice (Vertex) of Anayet (2.559m) and Peak of Anayet (2.575m). Both Anayet's twin peaks are some of the most emblematic summits of Canfranc's valley. Anayet's peak is the remains of a former volcano of it does 250 million years of which the chimney stays hardened for the lava was going out. In my opinion it's probably one of the most amazing peaks of Pyrenees and the normal route is not as hard as it seems.
Valley of Canfranc: this valley also called Alto Valle del río Aragón (High valley of the river Aragon) is one of the more former inhabited of the Pyrenees. For this valley was the most ancient way of communication between Spain (Hispania) and France (Galia) already from times of the Roman civilization (somu portu or somport).
In this valley is the ski station of Candanchú, one of the Spain's most former stations. Near of this point (1 km) is Somport, frontier position with France with a new tunnel of communication that allows to go on easily to the French side of the Pyrenees to climb other mountains.
-Principal town: Jaca. Other villages: Canfranc, Villanua, Castiello de Jaca, Aisa.
-Principal mountains: Collarada (2886m) and all mountain of circo de Ip (Pala de Ip, Punta Escarra, Pala de Alcañiz,), Two peaks of Anayet, Aspe (2645m), Llena del Bozo (2566m), Llena de la Garganta (2599m), Lecherín (2565m), Bacún (2195m), La Leta (2125m), La Espata (2200m), Peña Oroel (1769m),...
Generally the people climb both peaks in the same day.
First climb known: Henry Russel and Camy in 1874.
Getting ThereTwo principal routes for this peaks:
-Canal Roya: trailhead in parking near village of Canfranc.
-Valley of Tena: start point in Corral de mulas (parking near ski station of Formigal that is to few kilometres of Sallent de Gallego).
For know more about the approach to valley of Canfranc see the page of Collarada the highest mountain of the valley.
Red TapeNo permits required. In Peak of Anayet a step-crossing of II degree is equipped with a metallic rope ("sirga") that not always is in good conditions (It is possible need rope in some occasions according to the experience of the mountaineers).
When To ClimbAll year. In winter the step-crossing of the metallic chain is very dangerous and the Canal Roya has a lot of snow.
CampingFor housing in valley of Canfranc see the page of Collarada
Note about the news in the zone in 2004, 2005,...2010The Government of Aragón and Aramón, company of ski resorts of the province (50% governement and 50% the bank IberCaja), they initiated in May of 2004 a great work in the nearby zone to Corral de las Mulas (point of beggining of normal route of Anayet) and the Portalet, in the valley of Espelunziecha. The work is a great parking for 2000 cars for the skiers and has supposed a great polemics among the neighbors of the nearby villages, the government, the organizations ecologists and all the lovers of the mountains and the nature. In the last months it have appeared several cracks in the zone and it's afraid that can be altered of form dramatics the ecological equilibrium of the zone but it seems that the economic interests have predominated in the decision.
Many mountaineers of Spain had said NOT to this work. (concentrations in march 2004, october 2004, march 2005,...)
More info about the polemic works:
pictures about the disaster (text in spanish)
map of the ampliation of the ski-resort (you can see the nearby peaks like the marvelous Anayet and others).
sign the manifesto of Aragoneses Mountains
(thanks to Diego Sahagun for some links).
save the mountains of Aragon!
Very important sentence (December 2006): a judicial sentence declares illegal the works of the parking of Espelunciecha. Link: LINK TEXT HERE
Page with a climb to Anayet with goods pictures (spanish).
Page of village of Canfranc with information of tourism (spanish).
- Tapices Anayet
Wallpapers with the peak of Anayet and itinerary (spanish).
The route of north face with ice, a hard route (english).
Web page of ski station of Formigal (spanish, english, french, portugues).
- la meteo que viene. Interesting winter climb with nice pictures.
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