Climbed the normal route solo, together with Pic d'Estats and Pic Verdaguer.
Slept at the Vallferrera refugio and took the normal route to the summit. There was a lot of snow this season, so there was snow from Port de Sottlo to the col between Montcalm and Estats. Crampons and ice-axe not needed through, since the snow was soft. Went to Montcalm before going to the summit of Estats. Back at the car park after 7.5 hours.
Good to combine with estats, very often not so overcrowded
Need to check on the day.
We set off (second attempt to do Estats) after a few nights at the Valferra hut. Great weather, but cold at the summit of Estats. We took in Verdaguer as well that day.
This was my first 3000m outing and I didn't have a camera in those days but I have one shot of me on the summit wearing a bobble hat.
Was it the 5th or 6th ascent of this mountain ? The last one, on Aug 13th, 2010 with my son Thomas (11) was one of the nicest. we had a bright sunshine over the sea of clouds once we came out of the fog surrounding the Pinet hut. The first ascent for me was probably in 1975, and then again in 1981, 1985 (in winter), and 1999 with my eldest children (Antoine 11, Helene 10, and Louis 7)
Sabrina and I climbed from refuge du Pinet this day :
Sottlo, Verdaguer, pica d'Estats, Rodo de Canalbona, punta Gabarro and Montcalm.
Very nice from the crowd to loneliness...
I returned to Pica d'estats in a marvellous day to climb all the three-thousands in the same day!!!. We camp the previous day in estany de Sotllo (2h from refuge Vallferrera) and we climbed the next day across the spectacular ridge S.E. passing Rodó de Canalbona (3.005m), Punta Gabarró (3.114m), Pica d'Estats (3.144m), Verdaguer (3.133m), Montcalm (3.077m) and Sotllo (3.073m). We walked more than 11 hours returning to car very tired after a very nice day.
.. but beautiful area and valley with important mountains. I climbed Verdaguer (3131m), Pica d'Estats (3143m) and Montcalm (3077m) in 6h across Puerto de Sotllo. After the last summit it fell a lot of rain while all the descent to valley of Vallferrera and I leaved the peak Sotllo for another day.