(summarized from a discussion with brenta)
Roland, a.k.a. Hruodland, a.k.a. Rotla, was a real person: Charlemagne's nephew and one of his seneschals.
He died in 778 in the Battle of Roncesvalles (a.k.a. Ronceveaux), an ambush by Basques which occurred near Luzaide-Valcarlos (more than a sword's-throw from Gavarnie).
His death, and his sword, became legendary centuries later thanks to the Song of Roland, which was not concerned with historical accuracy. That ballad depicted the Sarassins (often called Moors) as his attackers. In one scene, Roland tries to break his sword Durendal (to prevent its capture) but only succeeds in demolishing the rocks he swings it against. The sword's indestructibility can be seen as a symbol of Christian invincibility.
this is a very interesting link about ice climbing conditions in Gavarnie.(spanish)http://www.infohielo.com/asp/condicporzona.asp?Zona=Gavarnie
Could you attach these 2 to your page ? ;)
(currently in the process of rewritting the Bigorre)
Yes, thanks for pointing this out!
I actually didn't know Gabietous was connected to the Gavarnie chain as it lies a bit to the back, but given that you can climb it from the col des Tentes, through the breche, that makes it more than suitable to include.
Yes, true, but I also think it does make sens as it belongs to the "Gavarnie club" :)