Vignemale

Elevation (feet): 10,821
Elevation (meters): 3,298
Continent: Europe
Country: France/Spain
Range/Region: Pyrenees
Latitude: 42.774109
Longitude: -0.150805
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1837
First successful climber(s): H. Cazeaux, B. Guillembet
Nearest major airport: Lourdes or Toulouse, France, Zaragoza or Barcelona, Spain
Convenient Center: Cauterets, France, Torla, Spain

Vignemale is the fourth highest mountain of the Pyrenees. Its character appears much different from its north and south sides. From the south, it rises in a series of terraces to a large, seemingly summitless, plateau; from the north, a collection of steep walls rises at various angles, the most awesome being the sheer 2,500-foot North Face. This rugged limestone wall is the highest unbroken wall in the Pyrenees, and offers a superb variety of technical climbs.

Trip Reports

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

There are 22 trip reports for Vignemale.

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  • Log #7594 - by António Neto on Oct 05, 2004
    We were six, all portuguese.It was my first 3000, my first use of "crampons" and "piolet".Of course, I will never forget.First day it was a nice trip from Pont d'Espagne to...
  • Log #7595 - by DAvid Yanez Ruiz on Dec 01, 2003
    I really enjoyed the feeling at this place. The view from the top is amazing.
  • Log #7596 - by Alex on Sep 03, 2003
    Stayed at Baysellance Refuge. I suppose the renovation is over and all is back to business. You should have at least ice axe and crampons. I went on my own, so didn't have a rope, but most parties...
  • Log #7597 - by Graham Long on Aug 25, 2003
    Camped at Baysellance (the hut was still being rebuilt, but should be open now). Had a perfectly clear day (see link for photos), and the climb was exhilerating without being too difficult (for one...
  • Log #7598 - by Alex Noguera on Aug 18, 2003
    Great climbing, and for my first summit it was pretty hard because of the hail,fog,and heavy rain that falled.
  • Log #7599 - by Phil Cruttenden on July 20, 2003
    Camped overnight just below Baysselance, and hit the Glacier d'Ossoue at 6.30 am. No crevasses encountered, and the glacier crossing was easy and fun. The peak was shrouded in cloud, and I found it...
  • Log #7600 - by Nicolas BAYOU on Feb 18, 2003
    Up at 2:30 AM with my friend Fabien, we started from Baysselance Hutt around 3:00 AM. After losing the head trail (talking too much I guess !), we climbed the Ossoue Glacier and Pique Longue. We had...
  • Log #7601 - by DOLLO Louis on Oct 31, 2002
    I live in Pyrenees. It is possible to climb Vignemale by Cauterets - France (Refuge des Oulettes de Gaube) or by Gavarnie - France (Refuge de Baysselance). See my Web site or contact me. If you want...
  • Log #7602 - by Xirgu, Juliý on Apr 26, 2002
    A group of five people. Firt submit in tree days with the only climb of Vignemale (Pique Longue). A lot of snow in the Pyrenees biggest glacier. No crevasses found.
  • Log #7603 - by Asier Lopez Arruabarrena on Feb 09, 2002
    Juan Mari Alustiza eta biok, 2000. urteko Abuztuan igoa. Barrage d'Ossau tik tontorrera. Goiz zoragarria tontorrean lainoturik egon arren.
  • Log #7604 - by Leslie Ashe on Nov 12, 2001
    We planned to climb the Vignemale on our first trip to the Pyrenees in 1996 but had poor weather and couldn't even get near to the Baysellance hut. We were on a tight schedule and had to move on to...
  • Log #7605 - by Jean-Pierre Poindessault on Oct 05, 2001
    Climbed after 4 days in the surroundings, all covered with a nice snow (in July !). On the top of the Vignemale at about 9am. Marvellous sun rise due to the clouds announcing a huge storm which burst...
  • Log #7606 - by Tom and Julie Davis on Sep 13, 2001
    Message for would be Vignemalers. Don't get caught out as we did planning to do it from the Ossoue valley via the Baysellance Hut. THE BAYSELLANCE HUT IS CLOSED for refurbishment until the autumn of...
  • Log #7607 - by an anonymous user on Aug 15, 2001
    Vignemale, normal route. 5 climbers, straight from the Barrage d'Ossoue, in 5h30'. Descent in 2h30'. This mountain does not present any real difficulty.
  • Log #7608 - by Xavier Dupac on Jan 08, 2001
    Great fun for the ascent of the mythical Mount Vignemale. There were crevasses everywhere on the Ossoue glacier, making the rope near unavoidable. The final climbing in the rock is quite easy (I+)...
  • Log #7609 - by Pedro Merchan y Oscar Bla on Nov 07, 2000
    wonderful mountain, quite easy even for beginners in summer.3298 meters and one of the most beatiful sights in the pyrennes.north face(difficult) with the impressive carrier de Gaube, a vertical ice...
  • Log #7610 - by OSCAR BLANCO on Aug 03, 2000
    SHE IS THE MOST BEATIFUL MOUNTAIN IN THE WHOLE PYRENEES.A GRAT EXPERIENCE THAT I'LL ALWAYS REMEMBER.( UNTIL THE NEXT TIME I CLIMB HER.)
  • Log #7611 - by Sean Scullion on May 03, 2000
    Great mountain to guide up for those with no glacial experience. North Face good fun too!!!
  • Log #7613 - by Andoni Larrucea on Aug 13, 1999
    I've never climbed something like Vignemale! from Baysellance to the top is a great time. The exciting glacier, the Plateau ... and five 3000 tops to climb in one day! Why glacier snow conditions...
  • Log #7615 - by jerome GOBILLOT-GOYAT on May 18, 1999
    Vignemale, Houquette d'Oussoue, Baysselance or Oulettes de Gaube...one of the most beautiful spot from Pyrenees. For those who appreciated, you might try the Barroude place, 2 days walking straight...
  • Log #7616 - by Linard Marc on Apr 06, 1999
    Via Baysellance and Glacier d'Ossoue, this is an easy ascent. Many people (from Spain especially) do it without rope, but it's really stupid : crevasses are large, and even if you are a great...
  • Log #7617 - by Simon Gwyn Roberts on Nov 26, 1998
    Walk in to the Baysellance hut (one of the oldest and best in Europe) from the Cauterets side rather than the Gavarnie side; the scenery is superb. The ascent is a simple glacier plod, with a brief...