Posets is the second highest peak of the Pyrenees. Localized in Posets-Maladeta's Park same as Aneto, the highest peak of the mountain chain. The easier route (difficult SD/F) is Eriste's emptying, a long route of 6h (4h from mountain hut of Angel Orus). The others routes are: Estós (difficult Fsup, 4h30min + 2h10min to mountain hut; by the glaciers) and Biadós (long). For the mountaineers with experience in rock-climb the ridge Espadas-Posets is one of the most classical of Pyrenees with stepcrossings of grade II+.
This mountain it's not so popular like Aneto or Monte Perdido, because the tourist generally don't known about it, and the people who climb this mountain in summer are generally mountaineers. It's a nice climb with more tranquility for enjoy of the high mountains of Pyrenees without a lot of people surround us. In the last years the mountaineers walk the normal route from the Refuge of Angel Orús and it's more popular each year thanks to this perfect localization of the Hut.
Name: Posets for the "pocets" (wells) of west side. Other name: Llardana for the aspect "burned" of east side.
First climb: It was by Halkett with P. Redonnet and P. Barrau on 6 August 1856, following the Ruta Real (Eriste-Forcaus).
The valley of Benasque is one of the "kings" of the mountain chain of the Pyrenees for contain the two highest mounts, Aneto (3404m) and Posets (3375m).
Others mounts in the zone: Maladeta (3303m), Pico Tempestades (3290m) Ballibierna (3069m), Pico de Alba (3118m), Le Bondidier (3185m), Perdiguero (3222m), Cabrioules (3116m), Gourgs Blancs (3131m), Eriste's peak (3045m), Forqueta de Eriste (3007m), Maupás (3109m),...and more three-thousands!
Major airports: Zaragoza (211km), Barcelona (317 km)
Access for road:
-From Zaragoza to Huesca (72 km), highway. From Huesca to Benasque (138 km) for the N240 to Barbastro. Take N123 and N123a to Graus. In Graus take to left for A139 to direction Benasque/Cerler.
-From Barcelona: highway A2 to Lleida (or Lérida). From Lleida take N230. Continue by N123 in direction Torres del Obispo and more to Graus.
Others access: train and bus (company Altoaragonesa: Alosa)
-Train Barcelona-Zaragoza. Bus to Huesca and bus to Benasque (see Alosa for hours)
-Train Zaragoza-Huesca or bus Zaragoza-Huesca (see Alosa). From Huesca to Benasque only in bus (see Alosa or Tel. bus station of Huesca: 974-210700).
Red TapeNo permits required. The snow remains on summer in Canal Fonda's passage in route normal (Eriste). It's necessary the use of crampons and ice axe in a few of times on summer (always in early spring). A lot of people they don't carry the crampons and generally they climb the mountain on summer across the Canal Fonda but if you don't know the conditions for the day is a good recommendation for don't back another day (on renting crampons in hut of Angel Orús in case necessary).
For the route Estós by the two small glaciers is the same.
This mountain is not very difficult, only is necessary a good preparation in the normal routes.
The route of ridge Espadas-Posets is exposed and grade PD (rock-climb II+ or III-) and the use of the rope it's advisable.
When To ClimbJune to September. It becomes very hard in winter. The storms at the evening are frequent in the Pyrenees and for this reason the best time to climb is in the morning.
-camping Senarta (free, you must pay only a little tax)
-camping Borda d'Arnaldet
*Angel Orús (or Forcaus): at 2095 m.(974/344044). 96 beds. (42º 36.27 N / 00º 29.46 E
2119 meters high, info of coordinates add by eza)
*Estós: at 1890 m.(974/551483). 115 beds.
*Biadós: (974/506082). In Sobrarbe. 70 beds.
All the huts have electric light, showers, hot water, ordinary restaurant, bunk beds,...(very comfortables).
Night at mountain hut is advisable (reserves are required to spend the night in the huts).
More information (update):
-Office of Posets-Maladeta Park (Huesca) Tel: 974/230635.
-Federación Aragonesa de Montañismo.
-Magazine Los Pirineos.
Maps/GuidebooksMaps and guidebooks recommended (in spanish):
-Cuadernos Pirenaicos #11: BENASQUE. Miguel Angulo & David Atela. 60 pages. Map 1:35000. (Sua edizioak-Bilbao). ISBN: 84-8216-100-8. (Price: 6.60€).
-Mapas Pirineo #6: BENASQUE. 40 pages. Map 1:40000. (Editorial Pirineo). ISBN: 84-87997-42-2. (Price: 4.30€).
- Revista Los Pirineos
Magazine about Pirynees with information for huts, paths, museum, tourism,...
- Federación Aragonesa de Montañismo
Official´s page of Federation of Mountaineering of Aragón (Huesca is in this province): huts, guides,...
- GPS-Mountain huts and refuges
coordinates GPS of mountain huts of Pyrennees of Huesca.
- Mountain and Climbing Guiding/Instruction
Rock and Ice climbing school. Mountain Guiding. English speaked.