Sept. 13th from Gavernie via Brech De Roland to Refuge Goriz, a long long slog. 14 Sept. Monte Perdido normal route & back to Goriz, 5 hrs total. Weather clear, route is easy to follow. There is a 4m chain on one slippery rock slab below Lago Helado
We left early from Goriz, so we climbed up to lago helado in the shadows of the mountain. The last part to the top is quite tricky since the steep slope consists of loose rock. The beautiful views from the summit made up for that though.
The plan was to hike to Goriz on day 1 and make the summit on day 2. Weatherforecast for day 2 however was bad, so we made it all the way to the summit and down to Goriz on day one. 10 hours including some long breaks at Goriz and at the summit. The benefit of getting to the summit at 4 pm was that we had it completely to ourselves. Great views and a great day.
ran from Ordessa to the top and back in 9 hrs, including a rest on the top for about 30 min and 2 stops in the refugio (for drinks and late lunch).
My Girlfriend and I took two days to climb Perdido in mid-july. The first day we hiked into Goriz and camped outside the refuge. The second day we took 2h45m to reach the summit from Goriz. The route was clear of snow except on the final ridge. The same day we hiked down to Goriz and out to the parking lot to get the bus. It was an incredible sight and it's my favourite place in the pyrenees.
after camping at Lago Helado we climbed the N-face straight above the lake. according to my old notes rated III+, 50°. nice climb
Fresh snow on final approach stopped us. Will try NE face early September 2011. has anyone been up that route thsi summer? Snow condition? Is the reported fixed rope in place on the first step?
Bad weather the night before in the Albergue in Nerin. Had supper with 2 guys who hadn't been able to make the summit.
Got the bus to the mirador and walked-in to the Goriz Refuge in about 2 hours, with a very heavy ancient tent. Spent the afternoon people-watching and lazin' around. (Fun watching a group of Japanese ladies doing tai chi exercises to warm-down as they arrived at the hut).
Day of the ascent, it was raining heavily at 06:00h. We stayed in bed until 08:00 when it got slightly better. Left Goríz at 09:00 two hours behind schedule. Now it was sunny.
Easy and fun ascent. No snow whatsoever. Hazy views.
The late start meant we had the summit virtually to ourselves. Got down late. Ricardo still a bit of a novice and slow "downer". Packed up the tent and walked out to the "stop" on the Cuello Arena.
I arrived at the "stop" at 07:55 only to see the bus about 15 minutes ahead of schedule, driving down the windy track. It had left early. Without us!
Only option - walk 3 hours down the track to the car at Nerin. NOT recommended.
Still, a superb-ísimo day, unforgetable.
Climbed it along the normal route of the north face. Did it in one day, ascending and descending a difference of level of more than 2000 meters. Was an unforgottable day as it was my first three-thousandth and made me very happy.
Repeated in August of 1984 from Pineta again.
My son and I, together with a Spanish climber/hiker called Jon (where are you today Jon??) took the Balcon / N-E route up Monte Perdido in early August. It was my second attempt, having tried from Refugio Goriz four years earlier in mid-May. This is a far more scenically attractive but harder route than from Goriz. Camped on the Balcon on way up - cloud cleared for a few sweet minutes at the top!
I went up Monte Perdido the "normal" way from Refugio Goríz. The weather was fairly good on that day and I had a good view to the french Pyrenees, the Lago de Pineta, the Pineta valley and the rounded mountains on the spanish side. As I went back down to the Goríz hut, the sky covered up and the bad weather of the previous days came back.
A long but exciting ascent, great views on top. On the way down we joined a group of British hikers who `skied' down on their backpacks on a steep snowfield. It was awesome.
Climbed with a group (guiding). Good weather, wind near the top, a some snow a the left side of the couloir before the 'escupidera'. This part free of snow.
Climbed on july, 10th, 2010, with a group of clients. Some clouds in the morning but the day became better and better. Snow from 2.600 meters and a lot of snow round 'Lago helado' and till the top. The 'Escupidera' passes were just free of snow (a small line of rocks started to appear to the right of the climb) and it was possible to go through even without crampons.
Twice by normal route (north face and col du cylindre)
Also twice by normal route from ordesa and refugio Goriz
normal route from brèche de Roland
First climb august 1983, last climb august 2003(days unknown)
After a failed attempt the previous June with Colin, Ken & I made it from the Goriz refugio via the Lago Helado (normal route). Brilliant clear conditions with frozen snow all the up to the summit from the Lago.
Nice hike up.
A massive thunder the night before ascending (we had to hurry in the Hut to avoid lightnings). And a final part of the ascent in the fog. A certain atmosphere despite the lack of view and landscape.
I climbed with my brother Gabi from Goriz Hut. We had a quite exciting time from Lago Helado to the summit going through the famous and dangerous "Escupidera" which was completely covered with clouds/fog.
We reached the summit at 12h30pm with very poor visibility. We took a hot tea, a picture and hurried back to celebrate our first 3000m.
See for more details Trip Report: http://www.summitpost.org/trip-report/189484/Monte-Perdido-Lost-Mountain-Our-first-3000m.html
Monte Perdido was the first 3000 of the Pyrenees for me.We slept on a little shelter next to the "cola de caballo",started walking early and reached the summit at about 2 p.m. We climbed the normal route.
I climbed this mountain as a member of 'Pyrenean Ram', a 15 man British Army Expedition hiking in France and Spain. The weather was foul, with visibility down to less than twenty feet. We summited, then attemped a descent down to the town of Bielsa, in Spain. Due to a team member injury, we took longer than expected, ran out of daylight, and had to camp on the side of the mountain. Woke up the next morning and made the descent down to Bielsa. The weather had cleared up, so we got a spectacular view of the mountain. Great hike, just pity about the weather.