Pic du Balaïtous
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|Elevation||3,144 m (10,315 ft)|
|Listing||List of mountains in Aragon|
Alto Gállego, Aragon, Spain
|First ascent||August 8, 1825|
|Easiest route||Las Neous glacier|
Balaitús marks the starting point of the High Pyrenees. Its height is 3,144 metres AMSL and it is the first mountain to surpass the 3,000 metres from the Atlantic coast. Its name may come from the Occitan words "vath" (valley) and "leitosa" (milky). Another Spanish name for the mountain is Pico de los Moros (Moors' peak).
The first ascent was done in 1825 by French geodesic technicians Peytier and Hossard after wrongly getting to Palas Peak due to fog. The second ascent was made in 1864 by Charles Packe, after several failed attempts, he thought that he was the first one, but was amazed by finding evidence of the first ascent.
There are many ascent routes, none of them are easy, mainly because of the strong vertical drop of 1,500 m from any of the access points.
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