The Vignemale (Occitan: Vinhamala, Aragonese: Comachibosa), at 3,298 metres, is the highest of the French Pyrenean summits, on the border with Spain (the highest in the whole of the range is Pic Aneto).
The Vignemale is the name given to the mountain massif, which also straddles into Spain. It consists of several distinct summits, the predominant ones being Grand Vignemale or Pique-Longue (3298 m), Pointe Chausenque (3,204 m) and Petit Vignemale (3,032 m). The Vignemale is also the site of the second largest of the Pyrenean glaciers (after Aneto's one), the Ossoue (with around 0.6 km²), across which the "voie normale", or standard route to the summit travels.
One of its most dramatic aspects is the North Face upon which lie a number of serious ascent routes requiring skill and commitment. Below the North Face is the impressively situated mountain refuge - the Refuge des Oulettes de Gaube. The approach from the north entails a delightful walk up to and around the picturesque Lac de Gaube giving increasingly dramatic views of the mountain.
Almost synonymous with the Vignemale is the name of Count Henry Russell, an eccentric of the Victorian era who developed a lifelong passion for the mountain.
There's an alpine trail (T4) leading to the summit.
The nearest mountain hut is Refuge de Bayssellance located 1 984m/6 508ft ENE of the summit.
By elevation Vignemale is
# 17 out of 18724 in the Pyrenees # 1 out of 413 in Parc national des Pyrénées Occidentales (cœur) # 27 out of 81984 in Spain # 17 out of 2258 in Huesca # 17 out of 5955 in Aragon # 1 out of 8344 in Occitania # 1 out of 1350 in Hautespyrenees
By prominence Vignemale is
# 9 out of 18724 in the Pyrenees # 2 out of 413 in Parc national des Pyrénées Occidentales (cœur) # 30 out of 81984 in Spain # 52 out of 35442 in France # 5 out of 2258 in Huesca # 6 out of 5955 in Aragon # 3 out of 8344 in Occitania # 1 out of 1350 in Hautespyrenees
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