Aneto Trip Report (#8365)

  • Signed By: Martin Hulme
  • Date submitted: July 21, 2002
  • Date(s) climbed: 18th July 2002

A group of us climbed Aneto from Renclusa refuge in perfect weather,being the highlight of a hut to hut light backpacking trip.Although our trip lasted only 6 days we had all four seasons.At the start of our holiday we were walking in 6 inches of new snow and sub zero temperatures.More like a typical Scottish winter day than mid july in southern Europe!

However it all came right for Aneto, and it took a leisurely 5 hours to reach the top.Crampons were not required for the summit snow slopes but there were some beautiful freeze-thaw ice sculpturing formations on the summit rocks.It was an enjoyable wee scramble to the actual summit, but if you are used to 'Skye scrambling' then you will have no problem with this. Those who are not or nervous about exposure are advised to rope up. You don't need a guide to climb Aneto, but we used a local mountaineer who had made over a hundred ascents. The advantage of this was that our return to Renclusa was by another infrequently used route, which meant only a partial retracing of our ascent line. This made for an excellent round trip that gave all of us a great sense of achievement. After several beers and wine with our excellent hut meal we felt no pain and slept soundly.

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