Pic du Midi d'Ossau

Elevation (feet): 9,465
Elevation (meters): 2,885
Continent: Europe
Country: France
Range/Region: Pyrenees
Latitude: 42.844569
Longitude: -0.438423
Difficulty: Technical Climb
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1797
First successful climber(s): Guillaume Delfau with Mathieu, a local shepherd (this was the first recorded ascent; a prior unrecorded ascent had left a , summit cairn)
Nearest major airport: Lourdes or Toulouse, France, Zaragoza or Barcelona, Spain
Convenient Center: Laruns, France

Pic du Midi d'Ossau is an isolated pyramid with twin summits. Its dramatic rock walls rise abruptly above peaceful lakes and valleys. Though its elevation is modest, this peak offers some of the finest climbing variety in the Pyrenees. There are more routes on this mountain than on any other in the Pyrenees. With the exception of the normal route on the east face, all routes require some level of expertise on rock.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 10 trip reports for Pic du Midi d'Ossau.

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  • Log #15301 - by Svein Lunde on Sep 15, 2003
    With overcast and cloudy all week, the sun broke through on Saturday, had the most fantastic view from the top. The ascent not too difficult for a person without climbing experience.Take care on...
  • Log #15302 - by michael bridge on July 20, 2003
    the upper sections are extremly confusing and dangerous in mist.the voie normal gets a little easier in descent although you would nt believe it when going up.finally no matter what guide books say...
  • Log #15303 - by Erik Hagreis on Mar 18, 2003
    I've climbed this one on my first hiking holiday. When I laid my eyes on this one after completing some easy hikes to lower summits, I just had to climb it. I was very proud to have climbed this one,...
  • Log #15304 - by Leslie Ashe on Nov 12, 2001
    Just discovered this site. This climb was one of the most enjoyable we have done - must do is again sometime.
  • Log #15305 - by Rob Jones on Oct 27, 2001
    Stunning peak. Short scramble at start, easy but not for the completely faint-hearted. Care has to be taken as there's lots of loose rock to drop on those below. Easy and straightforward to the top...
  • Log #15306 - by GM ALI-K-T on Aug 30, 2001
    We started at 8.00 am from Pombie Hut,the day was sunny but climb fast to avoid the evening storms,a funny ascent tht makes you desire more elevation
  • Log #15307 - by Gabi BorrĂ½s on Apr 05, 2000
    I like very much this peak. I've only reached the summit two times by the regular way, but i want to climb others, specially Eperon Nordoest. Glup!! It's very difficult (650 m, V+, A1).
  • Log #15308 - by Rodrigo on Aug 02, 1999
    Qite easy in good weather conditions but take always a helmet. Take also rappel equipment to fly from there just in case of a storm.
  • Log #15309 - by Miquel Sainz on June 30, 1999
    The afternoon storms in summer make the rock slippery.
  • Log #15310 - by Simon Gwyn Roberts on Nov 26, 1998
    Far easier than it looks, but remember to take a helmet!