OverviewThough not a difficult (not even specially funny) climb, this limestone peak makes for one of the best places to overlook the Larra Karst. There you can find some of the deepest caves in Europe, as the Sima de la Piedra de San Martín, a tortured karstic terrain making for great walks and some peaks between 2300 and 2500 meters, with stunning views (specially if you are lucky enough to find a clear day such as we had).
Via Arette (France): Start from Biarritz, driving to St Jean-pied-de-port, Oloron Ste-Marie and Arette. From this last village you will have to drive up the col de la Pierre-St.Martin to reach the ski resort of Arette-La Pierre St.Martin
BY BUS: From the spanish side, the only chance to get somewhere near Soum Couy is via the buses of "La Tafallesa", starting at Pamplona and leading you to Uztarroz (in the Roncal valley). It's either that or joining an organized winter day trip to the ski resort of Arette (almost any travel agent in Pamplona might inform you about this kind of trip).
BY PLANE: The closest airports are those placed at Pamplona (Spain) and Biarritz (France)
Red TapeNo need for permits
When To ClimbAny moment of the year. Winter would require adequate equipment for security reasons
CampingCabane du Pescamou, under the east face of the small pic d'Arlas. There is also a guarded hut (Réfuge de Laberouat) under the east side of Soum Couy, on the trail from Lescun to the Col des Anies.
- Summitpost page of the Pic d'Anie
Another beautiful climb in the same area, in case you come down from Soum Couy willing to try something else.
- La Pierre Saint Martin Ski resort
Placed just below Soum Couy. Web page offers webcam and other infos on how to get there, apart from skiing info. English, french and spanish versions available.
- Refuge de Laberouat
Official web page of the Labérouat Mountain Hut. French language only, haven't been able to find an english version. Sorry...