Beautiful day of climbing. Made it to the top in about 3.5hrs and had the entire mountain to ourselves. Very enjoyable and scenic!
Started from P.1944 below Col du Tourmalet.
The cable car is a complete rip-off with 38 euros for the retour ticket and what's more: They refuse hikers to enter the station/restaurant etc. in case the don't pay 18 euros *entrance fee*.
Went to the observatory on a nice summer day with great views over the Pyrenees. I think I was 12 years old or something :-)
Very hard day after a recent snowfall. In the last part of the ridge NE a lot of snow and dangerous ice. We're lucky to take the rope to the last meters. For the scape of the terrace we must to realize a rappel in the ice to exit to the snow of the ramps of normal route from lake d'Oncet. In col de sencours we returned to Col d'Aouet across a long walk for the Cabanne d'Arizes. Total slope of 2003 meters and 10 hours (4h30 to summit).
In the summit with the cableway damaged we lived a special momment, we're lonely in the most popular summit of all the Pyrenees... amazing!