The name Picos del Infierno (Hell's peaks) is one of the most attractive of the Pyrenees. Only the pronunciation is exciting but the name really to come by the bad weathers conditions of these mountains (strong winds and storms are frequents). The three Infiernos are Western (3073m), Central (3082m) and Eastern (3076m) joined by elegant and dangerous ridge. Between the Western and Central peaks is the popular ridge known as "La Marmolera" by the white/grey color of marble. La Marmolera is a dangerous pass by the people with vertigo because the cliffs to right and left, and for the contrast between the pass of white color in 2 metres wide and the rest around.
First climb: Count Henry Russell september 1867. The name Infiernos comes from a storm that he suffered in these mounts (obviously like others as Pico Tempestades).
Old name of this mountain was "Quijada de Pondiellos"
Valley of Tena: In this valley begin the big heights of the Pyrenees from the west.
-Sector of Balaitous: Balaitous (3144m), T.Costerillou (3049m), Aguja Ussel (3022m), Aguja Cadier (3032m), Frondella (3071m), Gran Facha (3005m).
-Sector of Panticosa: Infiernos (3082m), Arnales (3005m), Garmo Negro (3051m), Aguja Pondiellos (3011m), Algas (3036m), Argualas (3046m).
-Others peaks (no 3000m): Palas (2974m), Cambales (2965m), Tebarray (2916m), Aratille (2900m), Arriel (2824m), Peña Telera (2764m), Baciás (2760m), Musales (2654m),...
La Marmolera is one of the most curious and spectacular ridges of the Pyrenees. The white color of the rock is a rare geological manifestation and it's the only one in the mountain chain. For the mountaineers is a little dangerous (the contrast of the white ridge with the dark great fall to both sides is very impressive)
Getting ThereThe trailhead is Panticosa's balneary that one finds near Panticosa's village (6 Km distance ).
To come to Panticosa there are several options:
Major airports: Zaragoza (164 km), Barcelona (381 km)
Access for road:
-From Zaragoza to Huesca (72 km), highway. From Huesca or Jaca take direction to Sabiñanigo (point of entry to valley of Tena) and continue to Biescas. From here is easy to Panticosa or Sallent de Gállego to sleep. For the morning go to the Panticosa's balneary to begin the climb.
-From Barcelona: highway A2 to Lleida (or Lérida). From Lleida take N240 in direction to Binefar and Monzón. Follow indications to Panticosa.
Others access: train (company renfe) and bus (company Alosa)
-Train Barcelona-Zaragoza. From Zaragoza to Panticosa or Sallent in bus (with change in Sabiñanigo)-see Alosa for hours.
-From Zaragoza to Panticosa or Sallent in bus (with change in Sabiñanigo)-see Alosa for hours.
Generally exist bus to Panticosa's balneary from Panticosa in the morning (11:35h) but is too late to begin the climb. It is better to ask in the zone to know like to cross all 6 Km up to the balneary (it's a walk of more than 1 hour).
Red TapeNo permits required.
Important (2006): The parking of Balneario de Panticosa is very little in this moment because the works, it's advisable the arrive early in the morning. For notices about it you can read the information in the section red tape of the page of Garmo Negro
Two principal and very long routes both from Panticosa's balneary: Pondiellos and Tebarray (also known like of the blue ibones). You can climb for a route and go down for the other one. The total tour always will overcome the 10 hours (5h every route and the rest to eat). In the Pondiello's route is necessary climb with the hands grade II.
The route of Respomuso binds to return for the same way and is less habitual for this mount.
When to ClimbSummer. Very hard in winter. Storm at the evening is frequent in the Pyrenees, much more in this mount. The best moment is in the morning (generally you must be in the route of descent when it start raining). It is not recommended to climb with bad climatology (never climb with rain, is very dangerous).
Camping / HotelsPiedrafita:
-Camping Escarra 1ªCat.(974/487154)
-Hotels: Mingo**(974/487223), Ibón Azul**(974/487211), Escarra*(974/487154), Sarao*(974/487065).
-Hotels: Arruebo***(974/487052), Sabocos***(974/487488).
-Refugio Casa de Piedra (974/487571)-Panticosa's balneary.
-Refugio de Respomuso (974/490203)-Sallent de Gállego.
-Refugio de Piedrafita (974/487071)-Piedrafita.
Miscellaneous Info-Panticosa's balneary: thermal station which waters come being used for more than 2000 years. Placed 1636 metres of altitude contains several establishments and parks of tourist interest.
Maps/GuidebooksMaps and guidebooks recommended (in spanish):
-Cuadernos Pirenaicos #7: VALLE DE TENA. Miguel Angulo & Carlos Tarazona. 56 pages. Map 1:35000. (Sua edizioak-Bilbao). ISBN: 84-8216-116-4. (Price: 7.5€).
-Mapas Pirineo #3: VALLE DE TENA. 36 pages. Map 1:40000. (Editorial Pirineo). ISBN: 84-87997-40-6. (Price: 5€).
- Federación Aragonesa de Montañismo
Info of mountain huts of the FAM, routes, climbing,...
- Revista Los Pirineos
Info complete of this mountain chain.
- Tienda Barrabés
Shop of Benasque with complete mountain info. See the section "el tiempo" for climatology in the Pyrenees.
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