/ NEW ARTICLE (+ video): Cirque de Gavarnie - Pyrenees Cascades

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Michael Ryan - on 18 Feb 2008
"Icefall climbing in mainland Europe is becoming increasingly popular, with venues such as Chamonix, Cogne and La Grave getting busier and busier. When I was invited to visit the French Pyrenees to sample the icefalls of the Cirque de Gavarnie, I was intrigued."

Tom Briggs gives us the full scoop:

Read, see and watch at: http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=831
Morgan Woods - on 18 Feb 2008
In reply to Mick Ryan - Editor - UKC:

great article Tom....have been curious about the place after i heard some spanish guys in Argentierre raving about it this year.

good of you to do the research for the course....tough job eh?
Doug on 19 Feb 2008
In reply to Mick Ryan - Editor - UKC: Good article about what could be considered one of the places where 'cascade' style climbing was first developed in France.

Surprised that the CAF chalet just outside Gavarnie wasn't mentioned (I assume its open in winter) or some of the other nearby cirques (eg Troumouse)

'and is a playground of Basque climbers who nip across the border each winter' - the Basque country also includes part of France !
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rulio on 20 Feb 2008 - cpc4-pete5-0-0-cust128.pete.cable.ntl.com
In reply to Mick Ryan - Editor - UKC:
heres a nice video of Gavarnie:

http://www.tvmountain.com/fr/Video.asp?id_video=265

By Romain Wagner, the same french guy who filmed 30 minutes in the Ben.

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