Le Soum D Arriou Ne

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From the resort climb south into a steep bowl then up a valley that leads to the Col de Cloze. Here there is a view over wilder backcountry peaks like the Ardiden. Turn westwards to the summit, leaving skis for a scramble up some rocks to a large cairn.

Mountain RangeHautes-Pyrénées
SummitSoum d'Arriou Né
Altitude2577 meters
Starting Altitude1734 meters
Vertical850 meters
MapsTOP 25 1748OT Gavarnie
GPS Waypoint 
GPS RouteGoogle-Earth:
Grade[1]Danger: 1, Climb: F, Ski: 2.1
Comments40° in the Pas de l'Oeille - danger of death if you slip
Equipmentski crampons
Road AccessLourdes -> Luz St Sauveur -> Luz Ardiden

Trip Reports

30th April 2003

The weather did not look wonderful for the start of our long weekend ski touring in the Hautes-Pyrénées; a southerly wind was driving clouds up from Spain and covering the mountain tops. For the first day we looked for a peak to the north that would be protected to some extent from this bad weather.

In the end we settled on the Soum d’Arriou-Ne, a 2,577 meter peak just on the edge of the Luz-Ardiden ski domain. We would be climbing through the ski station, which meant there would be snow as it had only closed the previous weekend, but also meant we had the less than aesthetic surroundings of ski lifts and pistes blasted through the mountainside. We crossed another skier on the way down, he told us the skiing was okay.

summit Le Soum d’Arriou-Ne
Le Soum d’Arriou-Ne Marmottes

On the descent Lionel noticed a nasty danger. There were sharp wooden stakes poking just proud of the snow, a fall on one of these could be particularly serious. They were the remains of broken piste markers. Presumably the ski resort would clear them when the snow finally melted in the summer, but they are yet another trap for backcountry skiers venturing into ski domains. On a more positive note, the pistes were an Aladdin's cave of treasure. The receding snow had uncovered all sorts of goodies, from Euro coins to an expensive ladies watch, still set to wintertime. For the latter I contacted the ski resort’s lost property. I could see that coming to resorts with a metal detector could be quite a profitable activity. I remember a friend of mine telling me he’d been to a ‘clear up’ at Val Thorens one summer and amongst other things they found numerous items of ladies underwear discarded on the ski pistes.

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