Solo. Hot and sunny day. Started at sunrise, reached the summit around 10-11 o'clock. A Basque guy on the summit said he had been there many times and had never seen so much snow in June - it almost reached the Refugio de la Renclusa at 2140 metres, where I stayed for the night.
Tried on the 31st of December 2009 and was unsuccessful. We went too far and took the fourth gap, which forced a brutal rappel.
On the 2nd, conditions were excellent and we made it too the summit without incident. It was a really nice climb, with gorgeous views throughout.
We sleep in La Renclusa.
The glacier it was in good conditions.
The Paso de Mahoma also was in very good conditions.
Few people to be Aneto.
Climbed twice some 20 years ago....
Pirinees highest peak!.. Couldn't ask for better weather. We (Héloïse and I) started at 5:30 am from La Renclusa Hut. The snow was soft but the snowshoes made our climb easier at the beginning. Can't say the same about the traverse after Portillon Superior, we had to take our snowshoes off during the traverse to the glacier.
No problems at Paso de Mahoma, nice scrambling up! I got to the top just after the clouds rolled in.
Got back to the hut (to pick up my sleeping bag) via Aigualluts. Total climbing time: 12 hours RT. Beautiful mountain.
Ken and I missed our first attempt due to going too high on the north side of the Portillon ridge. A few days later we made it to the Portillon Superior after coming up from La Besurta. We then crossed the glacier and climbed the Puente de Mahoma to the summit.
Back again on 18th June 2010 with Peter. Reached the Mahoma at 10:40am but as it was covered with fresh snow and as we had no rope with us we decided to descend.
Doctor Ulloa, almost finishing his project of the 17 tops (climbing the highest summits of each of the 17 Spanish Autonomous Communities / Regions) asked me to guide him to the top of the Pyrenees, the highest summit of Aragón region. Intersesting for being what it is: the roof of the range, and beautiful for having one of the last glaciers of Spain. Not very quiet weather on ascend but, surprisingly getting better in the afternoon. 'Paso de Mahoma' was an easy boulder-work at 3400 m. The people of Renclusa hut (Antonio and his team) were very friendly and helpful with us.
August, 1st 2009...climbed again guiding a team of 4 men. Good conditions and clear day.
July, 7th 2010: Climbed again guiding a groep of 3 people. Very good conditions of snow (from 2.500 meters all and all the way up to the top! except by the Portillon Superior). Clear weather and no wind. "Paso de Mahoma" was snow-free.
June, 25th, 2011: climbed again (giding) over the normal route. Snow from the 2.500 m (except some small sections), and Paso de Mahoma free of snow. At least 250 climbers on this hot hot day.
A slog over the big boulders after the Portillon Superior
Via coronas lakes with 2 friends on a misty day. Crampons would have been nice (or at least some sturdier boots) for the glacier, but the rope wasn't needed. I guess that if there was wind on the final ridge it would have been usefull.
Views cleared on summit - perfect climbing. Whats up with the helicopter hovering around the summit?
Solo Climb via Estasen Couloir. I took the south approach via the Coronas lakes and bivouac at the Ibon medio de Coronas. Snow at the couloir was in perfect condition. Not a difficult route but the right gear should be used: a second ice axe helps a lot, as well as a helmet (at least for the ice chunks that fell down from time to time).
My first high mountain when I was 17 in 1984. We climbed up by Coronas glacier. Then in 2004 I climbed the same route with my wife, incredible the lose of ice in this "glacier"!!!.
I've done it by the north ridge too in solo during winter time, very hard.
I gone with my girlfrind and we doit a climb for the Barrancs wall even glacier
My brother Gabi and me started from La Besurta at 4h30am and reached the Aneto's summit at 9h30am. Passage of Mahoma was done without rope and with decisiveness. We were back in La Besurta at 13h20pm. Weather was excellent during all the adventure. We celebrated with Suso in Benasque this excellent climb. Our second 3000m.
See more details in Trip Report: http://www.summitpost.org/trip-report/200665/Aneto-Peak-The-Highest-in-Pyrinees.html
spectacullar route to climb this peak far of the rest of the people. The coulouir Estasen it's probably one of the most beautifull routes of the area. The impressive view of the ridge of Aiguilles of Llosás and the south face of Aneto over the great coulouir is wonderfull.
A day difficult to forget...
I climbed Pico Aneto as a member of 'Pyrenean Ram', a 15 man British Army expedition hiking through the Pyrenees. It was a fantastic climb. We left Benasque in the early hours of the morning, and started the ascent. We arrived somewhere around midday, with a spectacular view as a reward. As we started up the glacier, we looked up and saw two guys parachute off the top, and within about 15 minutes, they had arrived at the base of the mountain. They were watched by all on the mountain side with much envy! Thanks, JT, for all your inspiration and leadership, and the chance to be part of an awesome team.
The worst part was the middle section between Portion Sup. and the beginning of snow. Long part of big blocks of rock where you must look for right way all the time. I found the glacier much smaller than 1996, when I visited this area for the first time.
cross of the maldito ridge (punta astorg, del medio) after a bivouac under the maladeta glacier. very nice ridge, rock is awful between the glacier and the first summit (punta astorg), 1 rappel of 15 meters at the middle
A beautiful climbing experience. We bivi just before the first tower. A recomended one. MORE INFO (Sorry only in Spanish)
Bad weather. Busy day !
A beautiful day to climb Aneto. We started off from La Renclusa where we left our unnessecary luggage. By the time we reached Portillion Inferior we were above the clouds. But that didn't keep us from taking the wrong direction and so we walked a bit lower on the wrong side of the ridge to the bottom of the Glaciar. This was our first glaciar but it wasn't too hard. Promised myself better crampons for future glaciars, though. The Mahoma-pas wasn't difficult at all, unlike what we had read in advance. We were lucky to be the only ones on the summit of Aneto. A great feeling to stand on the highest peak of the Pyrenees. The view was beautiful even though most of the mountains were cloud-covered. We stayed at the summit too long, so that we arrived at Renclusa in the dark.