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Couloir Gaube

Couloir Gaube

Couloir Gaube

Page Type: Route

Location: Central Pyrennes, France, --

Lat/Lon: 42.77000°N / 0.148°W

Object Title: Couloir Gaube

Route Type: Ice climb

Time Required: One to two days

Difficulty: TD 600 m. IV 4+ 80º-85º

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Page By: gariuei

Created/Edited: May 5, 2005 / May 5, 2005

Object ID: 164934

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From Cauterets take the road to Pont d'Espagne. (Parking paying from April. 6 Euros two days). From the parking take the road to de telecabins and then take to the left the route to Gaube lake (50'). Continue by the right side of the lake (RISK OF AVALANCHE!!!) and reach Oulettes the Gaube refuge (CAF) 2160 mts. Total: 2h 30'/ 3h 30' (depends snow condition).

Route Description

From Oulettes go to the seracs under the north face of Grand Vignemale and by the left side reach the crevase (1h30'). Go up the crevase looking for the easiest part. Continue the couloir and in the middle part, when we passed the "Y"'s bifourcation we have the first complications. 10 mts on ice (75º). Continue about another 200 mts to reach the final icefall (R on the left with 3 Universals emplaced). Now, 40-50 mts of 80º-85º give us to the Ossoue gletcher.
NOTE: This is a description of the route in good conditions. Maybe the last icefall could be more difficult.

Essential Gear

ropes 60m, two piolets, 4-6 ice screws, Helmet!!!!!!

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Vignemale Massif North FaceThe last 40 metres! Very nice...The Couloir viewed from under...The Couloir from the descend...first difficults. 10 mts 75ºFernan under bifourcation to...Fernan on the last R under...