/ Canigou in January for beginners?

L Toby1995 09 Jan 2020

Hi all! Me and a friend are headed to The Canigou tomorrow.

Is it realistic for relative beginners to summit in winter? We're good hikers, pretty fit, both 25 and in good nick. We've done Crib Goch route for Snowdon, did Ben Nevis in winter, and in the summer climbed one of the smaller mountains next to Canigou (forget which) but Canigou is pretty big for us so we're curious.

We've got crampons and a cheap tent... should we drop the idea or go ahead and plan it properly?

Thanks!

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Andrew Lodge 09 Jan 2020
In reply to Toby1995:

Can't offer any useful advice but interested to know how you get on if you go for it, please report back.

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Doug 10 Jan 2020
In reply to Toby1995:

I've come down the 'voie normale' in summer & its an easy walk. But in winter its usually done on ski with a night at the refuge des Cortalets (https://refugedescortalets.ffcam.fr/  & https://refugedescortalets.ffcam.fr/le-refuge-d-hiver.html ). I'm sure you could do it on foot butif the snow is deep/soft it might be a bit tedious & tiring. Maybe snowshoes woul be helpful if you don't have skis.

See https://www.camptocamp.org/routes/52402/fr/pic-du-canigou-canigo-par-la-crete-n-voie-normale-des-cortalets-

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