On the 10th of July 2012 Monmouthshire Walking Festival walk leader Tristan Blanchard and and his friend Gareth James intend to make a summit attempt on Pic d’Aneto, located in the Maladeta Massif of the Spanish Pyrenees. At 11,168 ft, Aneto is the highest peak in the Pyrenees mountain range.
Its ascent involves traversing the largest glacier in Europe south of the Alps and crossing the famous “Paso de Mahoma” or “Bridge Of Mohammed”, a knife edge arête just below the summit.
All sponsorship collected will be donated to ‘Community Action Nepal’ (CAN). Started by a group of mountaineers who wanted to give something back to the mountain communities of the Himalayas. CAN has established more than 50 community projects focusing on health, water and sanitation, schools, education and cultural development. If you would like to donate, forms are available at the Monmouth Shire Hall. Alternatively Tristan has a page on the Just Giving website.
Monmouthshire Walking Festival wish Tristan and Gareth every success for this truly challenging climb and in raising money for a great cause.
6th July 2012
Update: Congratulations to Tristan and Gareth who successfully climbed Pic d’Aneto. You can see a video of the climb here. Remember, you can still donate to Community Action Nepal.
16th July 2012