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Picos del Infierno

 
Picos del Infierno

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Huesca, Spain, Europe

Lat/Lon: 42.79280°N / 0.2663°W

Object Title: Picos del Infierno

Activities: Mountaineering, Mixed, Scrambling

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Elevation: 10111 ft / 3082 m

 

Page By: Rafa Bartolome

Created/Edited: Jun 9, 2003 / Sep 18, 2007

Object ID: 151644

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Overview

 
P.del Infierno & Garmo Negro
P.Infierno & G.Negro
 
Picos del Infierno
Infiernos & Bachimaña

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

 
From Garmonegro. Panoramic...
Marmolera

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 There

The 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 Tape

No 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 Climb

Summer. 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).

Weather conditions

El tiempo en Panticosa - Predicción a 7 días y condiciones actuales.

Camping / Hotels

Piedrafita:
-Albergue (974/487627).
Escarrilla:
-Camping Escarra 1ªCat.(974/487154)
-Hotels: Mingo**(974/487223), Ibón Azul**(974/487211), Escarra*(974/487154), Sarao*(974/487065).
Panticosa
-Hotels: Arruebo***(974/487052), Sabocos***(974/487488).
Panticosa's balneary
-Gran Hotel***(974/487161).
Mountain Huts
-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/Guidebooks

Maps 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€).

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Rafa BartolomeUntitled Comment

Rafa Bartolome

Hasn't voted

O.K. Thanks.


For people that wish read this book in spanish (first edition in our language) visit: memorias de un montañero-editorial barrabés
Posted Aug 7, 2003 2:00 pm
ezaUntitled Comment

eza

Voted 10/10

As written by Count Russell himself in his book "Souvenirs d'un montagnard", the first climb took place in September 1867. He did not speak of three "Picos del Infierno", but of a single ridge (Cresta del Infierno) with a medium height of 3077 meters above sea level
Posted Aug 5, 2003 7:29 am
Rafa BartolomeUntitled Comment

Rafa Bartolome

Hasn't voted

O.K. Thanks.


For people that wish read this book in spanish (first edition in our language) visit: memorias de un montañero-editorial barrabés
Posted Aug 7, 2003 2:00 pm

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