Ascent of Petit Vignemale on 1983-07-20

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Others in Party:Pierre Jamet
Jerry Full
Lynn Rosenberg
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, July 20, 1983
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Petit Vignemale
    Elevation:9948 ft / 3032 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the Pont d'Espagne (4,907')several of our Mountain Travel group afforded ourselves the luxury of the cable car that delivered us close to the hostellerie on the Lac de Gaube (5,660'). After a snack at this pleasant spot we hiked along the lake ,then up the long canyon of Oulettes des Gaube past cascades and rushing torrents to the Refuge des Oulettes de Gaube (7,060'). Here our group reassembled for the night, with the Vignemale Massif and the north face of the Vignemale for an impressive backdrop. On July 20, with our customary 8:00AM start, we headed under clear skies up the well traveled trail to the col of Hourquette d'Ossoue (8,975'),which we reached at 11:00AM. From here several of us with Pierre Jamet, our Mountain Travel leader, ascended the easy slopes with about 1,000' of gain to the summit of the Petit Vignemale. Although the minor one in the 4-peak group, it provides stunning views of the Vignemale Massif and its sheer rock cliffs as well as a great Pyrenean vista. After a 30-40 minute break enjoying the summit experience, we headed down to the Hourquette and continued the short distance (less than half an hour)from there to the Refuge de Bayssellance (8,698').
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2890 ft / 880 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1250 ft / 381 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Hut Camp
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Sunny, some clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2890 ft / 880 m
    Route:via Hourquette d'Ossoue
    Start Trailhead:Refuge Oulettes de Gaube  7058 ft / 2151 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1250 ft / 381 m
    Route:via Hourquette d'Ossoue
    End Trailhead:Refuge Bayssellance  8698 ft / 2651 m

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