Fantastic but tiring day.
From Sallent by the GR11 to la Sarra. From la Sarra across the valley of Aguas Limpias to Arriel lakes and Ibon Chelau, then by the "Gran Diagonal" to the summit. Spectacular views: Midi d'Ossau, Infiernos, Garmo Negro, Collarada, Frondellas...
The scrambling of the "Gran Diagonal" is easy, but very dangerous because of the unstable ground.
About 12 hours.
Nice sunny day with Pascal and Benoit in 1980. We were 18 and unexperimented. We climbed a sort of easy crack in the IVth grade without rope. We learnt how to use a rope and nuts and any proper gear some time later only.
20 years ago : Las Néous with Eric
Twice by la grande diagonale with Ol and after with Sabrina
around 2003 : arête Nord-occidentale avec Pascalou
After close to 5 hours of climbing from Respumoso Hut, my brother Gabi and I, together with our guide Jonas reached successfully summit at around 12h30. We took it easy, enjoying all the climbing and having a lot of fun with the ropes in the "Brecha Latour" both in the ascent and in the rappels/ abseils. Weather was excellent but we missed the "white touch" (few snow pockets). At around 19h30 we arrived in the Parking of La Sarra reservoir and proceeded for celebrations in Sallent de Gallego town. Excellent experience all in all !
Did not make it to the top, maybe too hard a day for me, but nevertheless an unforgettable one. Shall get back next season, as Balaitús has turned from an impossible dream to a really feasible climb. I will dream of it for the next ten months or so.
A hard and happy day. At last in the summit of Balaitous. I love this impressive mountain and the route of Lakes of Arriel is ever precious (but long, 6 hours to summit). Hard and cold wind in great part of the route but spectacular views in all the way. Unfortunately my friends could not come with me to the top due to the wind, the fog and the long effort. The last section I should climb lonely and to find the chimney of exit to the summit it was difficult.
I know that undoubtedly I will return other times to this mountain but the first time it was really exciting.
Spring Conditions on a solo ascent in the night, that day I also summited Moncayo. Reached de top at 3:15 in the morning and vivaqued in the summit. Spectacular sunrise over the Pyrenees.
This climb was schedule too late in the season to be successfull.
It was still a beautiful climb and very testing glacier climb. We gave up in the final stages, we were around a 100 metres from the top but could not get any closer because the climb was rough and dangerous in this part. Some nasty black clouds had been hovering all day. They eventually cleared later around 5pm. I think I will post a trip report later.
It was only a nice hike with my parents reaching Llano Cheto, just after El Paso del Onso. Really it's a beautiful area for climbing.