28 June 2014    

Maladeta, a splitboard mission in the spanish Pyrenees. Great Landscape, warm hearted people and fun corn to ride. Spanish version below the article!

It was two weeks before the official start of summer as Jirka Hruza of Yellow Plug decided with his Czech "Riding Buddy" Mira Kube to start a split board mission in the Spanish Pyrenees. Mira is not sure about the snow conditions at that time, but since he is currently in Barcelona, ​​he finally joins. Today is Sunday, 8th June, which usually means larger crowds in Benasque valley. But the two have no choice so they start early in the morning to climb the Maladeta (3308M) by splitboard.

Maladeta Spanienen
Maladeta still far away

 

The road to Besurta is already open, so it only requires a short hike with the boards on the backpack - to Renclusa Mountain Hut. From here we can skin up to the peak.

At sunrise we meet the first climbers who are all on the way to Aneto (3404M), the highest mountain in the Pyrenees. From PortillÛn we are now hiking alone enjoying the ascent in bright sunshine.

Renclusa Hütte
Renclusa hut in great landscape

 

Passing Colado de Rimaya (3150M), we take the boards on the backpack and walk on with crampons and ice ax. A short corridor separates us from Maladeta peak, the snow is soft (normal for this time of the year) and it is relatively comfortable to hike. We reach the summit and ... the views are amazing, we take a picture, take a little refreshment to us and prepare for descent.

maladeta Gipfel
Maladeta Summit

 

At the descent  we will have passages up to 40 ° steep and wonderful corn snow. With a broad grin on our faces, we come back to Renclusa hut. We never would have expected that a June mission in Spain can be as good as that, giving us so much fun on the descent.

So now the hike back to the parking lot and a nice cold beer.
 

parkplatz besurta
Besurta Parking, sleep tolerated



It was not the first time that I was at the Maladeta, but the first time in June. No doubt this area is a "Special Place" and just the beauty of the scenery is worth a visit. We'll be back!


Accomodation:

Llanos del Hospital (Benasque)

In winter you can directly start here

Refugio de Renclusa:

 

Touring options:

There are a lot but the best ones are Maladeta and Aneto


The pass road to the parking Besurta normally opens in June, then there is also the possibility to take a public bus to the parking.

Of course you can stay with the campers also in the parking (overnight possible).

Thanks Jirza for the nice report, we would be happy to be able to read more from you next year.
If you understand Spanish, you also should have a look at the shop from the guys!

 

Spanish Version:

Faltaban menos de dos semanas para que el verano entrara en vigor, cuando propuse a mi amigo checo Mira Kube
hacer split en Junio y ademas en Espana. No lo tenÌa muy claro pero dado que viajaba a Barcelona por esas fechas se apunto. El dÌa previsto era el viernes 6 de Junio pero por algunos contratiempos tuvimos que subir el domingo 8. Y aunque domingo en el Valle de Benasque significa mucho trafico humano, no quedaba otra, ese era el dÌa asÌ que madrugòn y para arriba. Para nuestra suerte, la carretera de Besurta ya estaba abierta por lo que el único porteo era desde el parking de Besurta hasta el Refugio de Renclusa. AllÌ pudimos calzar el split y empezar a foquear. Comenzó a amanecer y en las laderas ya se empezaba a ver gente aunque la mayorÌa se dirigÌan hacia Aneto, asÌ que desde el Portillón estuvimos mucho más libres disfrutando del último tramo de la subida.


Llegamos al Collado de la Rimaya (3150 m) y cambio obligado de split a crampones (yo ayudado adem·s de piolets, Mira solamente con sus bastones) para realizar el tramo final. Un pequeÒo corredor nos separaba de la cima de Maladeta (3308 m). La nieve estaba muy blanda (tÌpico de estas fechas) asÌ que no presentaba mayor problema para subir. Llegamos a la cima y contemplamos las vistas panorámicas con el Aneto de fondo. Tocaba foto de rigor y después a descender.Por fÌn la bajada para cerrar la temporada como se merece. Nos esperaban palas de 40°, la montana para nosotros y los últimos giros hasta el Refugio de Renclusa, donde llegamos con una amplia sonrisa. No esperábamos que splitboarding casi en verano podÌa estar tan bien. Después el porteo de vuelta hasta el parking y una cervecita bien frÌa para terminar.


No es la primera vez que visito Maladetas pero sÌ la primera en estas fechas, sin duda un lugar especial por su entorno natural además de por la montana. No será la última vez!



Comments

  • Alt
    8. July 2014 - 11:10 Log in or sign up to post comments

    Danke für den Bericht.... da juckt es gleich wieder in den Sohlen ... hoffentlich wird die Saison bei uns 2014 so wie wir uns das wünschen...