/ Climbing venues near Lourdes

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upontop - on 21 Feb 2013
Hi all heading out to the Pyrenees, as the title suggests, Lourdes area. Anybody with knowledge of climbing within an hour or so drive. Thanks in advance
Scott_vzr on 21 Feb 2013
In reply to upontop: Almost get to Gavarnie from there in an hour.
Pyreneenemec - on 21 Feb 2013
In reply to upontop:


There's good sport-climbing right in the town, near to the Pic de Ger funicular ( limestone).

The valley up to Gavarnie has a good number of sport-climbing sites. It's a bit early for Pont d'Espagne ( near Cauterets); this site has intersting and varied climbing on granite. Bit of an under-statement, there must be between 4/5 metres of snow at present !

The first stage of the Cirque de Gavarnie has long multi-pitch routes with some equipment in place. The Castagné-Vergez probably represents the best on offer 5b/ TD. Not before late Spring though !

Higher up, near the Sarradets refuge, there is some fantastic sport-climbing on the S Face of the Pic de Sarradets, routes to nearly 200m on schistes.Here we're at 2500m so not until late Spring !
upontop - on 21 Feb 2013
In reply to upontop: Might have been a good idea to say getting there mid may
upontop - on 21 Feb 2013
In reply to upontop: Thanks for the informed replies so far
Pyreneenemec - on 22 Feb 2013
In reply to upontop:

It would kinda help !

There's some interesting bolted-routes right under the famous Pont Napoloeon at Luz St Sauveur. Ideal on a really hot afternoon. If you're brave you can even take a dip in the Gave !

Mark Bull - on 22 Feb 2013
In reply to upontop:

There's a fairly decent limestone crag called Trassouet or Trassaouet at Sainte-Marie de Campan (south of Bagneres-de-Bigorre). Some topos here: http://tba44.free.fr/PUBLIC/ESCALADE/TOPOS/PYRENEES/TOPO-Campan-Trassouet/

Some more info on grags in the area (in French) here: http://www.pyrenees-pireneus.com/Montagne/Escalade/France/Hautes-Pyrenees/ESCALade_65.htm

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