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Glacier of Ossoue

Glacier of Ossoue

Glacier of Ossoue

Page Type: Route

Location: France, Europe

Object Title: Glacier of Ossoue

Route Type: Mountaineering

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Time Required: A long day

Rock Difficulty: 5.0 (YDS)

Difficulty: P.D.-

Grade: II

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Page By: Rafa Bartolome

Created/Edited: Apr 23, 2009 / Apr 29, 2009

Object ID: 508332

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The normal route goes across glacier of Ossoue

Getting There

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Route Description

Col de Chausenque
Col de Chausenque
Pointe de Chausenque
East ridge

After 3h of walk from Barrage d'Ossoue or 1h from refuge de Bayssellance we'll arrive to glacier across the normal route of great part of the peaks of Vignemale massif.

From the entry of the glacier d'Ossoue is very important to know what it exists a lot of crevasses in the area near of the first summit of Chausenque, named Epaule (Espalda) de Chausenque (3154m). For this reason you must walk to left side to get the path in the snow or ice in the centre of glacier and it's important don't walk near of the wall of right side (after a recent snowfall the crevasses are not visibles ). In the area of plateau glacier you must turn to right side in direction to lowest point of the south ridge of Pt.Chausenque. The exit from glacier to rock has a break / hole (rimaya) but generally without complications. Climb the rock (I+) to right side the reach the Col of Chausenque between Pointe and Epaule. In the ridge in right side it's possible to descent to the secondary summit Epaule de Chausenque (3154m) in a few of minutes. Turn to left to walk near of the edge following a narrow path. After some stepcrossings of II and II- in the centre of the ridge you arrive to the easy last part of the ridge and the summit. The return is the same route (with attention to see the points of turning in the ascent).

Essential Gear

Crampons and ice-axe all the year.

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Piton Carré and Pointe de Chausenque