A long but interesting route from Llauset. You must take attention to indications and key-points to don't lose your way but the route it's really nice.
GPX file: Llauset-Russell Oriental (Eastern)-Aguja Sur-Russell SE-Russell-Diagonal NW-Aguja SW-brecha Soler i coll-Ibones de Ballibierna-Collado de Ballibierna-Llauset (around 13h of walking and climbing)
The dam of Llauset (2,200m) is reached from the small village of Aneto in the road between Vielha and Pont de Suert.
From Spain: Huesca-Barbastro-Benabarre-Pont de Suert
From France: Bagnères de Luchon-Vielha-tunnel of Vielha
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Russell SE and Eastern
Dam of Llauset Collado de Bucardos and Russell
You cross the tunnel after parking to reach the dam. The small path goes in right side of the lake crossing a small river and ascending following the paint of G.R.-11 (red and white) to a signal. You take right direction to Ibon de Botornás (2,338m) and in a new signal you take to col of Ballibierna. You leave in left side the path to Ibon Chelat and Pico Ballibierna, reaching collado de Ballibierna (2,728m). You leave the paint of G.R.-11 turning to right side in direction of the col of this part. After a small path in the stones you reach the Col of Bucardos or Isards (2,803m). Walking across the wide ridge to left side you find a small gap to descent to right side to a wide plain under the peaks of Russell leaving in right side the big lake o Capa de la Vall.
You cross among the stones and the small lakes of Russell in direction to the wall to right side of the peak. You can't see initially the coulouir in the wall but after a short walk you discover the entry in left side. The couluoir has snow in Spring but in summer (end of June to September) it has a lot of stones. You can walk among the stones using the hands in some places (I+) to reach the exit in a small break (horcada) at 3,190m.
Note: before to follow to summit you have two possibilities to climb some of the secondary peaks of list of three-thousands, Aguja Sur de Russell and Russell Oriental, but it's only for collectors of the list.
You turn to right side walking among the stones using the hands in some points (I+) to reach the nice Russell S.E. (3,205m)
, one of the two summits of Russell. You descent now to left side searching a small path very evident always near of the ridge walking to exit to the other side. Turning to right you reach finally the main summit of Russell (3,207m).
Crampons and ice-axe in May and June. In winter (December to April) the route it's not possible.
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