I am planning an “Alpine” Meet next summer in the Western French Pyrenees. This would be between the 4th and 12th of August, in the vicinity of Lescun, south of Oloron-Sainte-Marie.
The exact details have yet to be defined but the idea would be to give a glimpse of the limestone area of the Aspe valley. This is a fine place for climbing, walking, cycling and probably kayaking.
The excellent Aiguilles d’Ansabère provide some very nice multi-pitch climbing on sculpted limestone. The most famous route is the Spigolo on the petite Aiguille, supposedly reminiscent of the Dollies (or the other way around)
The other big spot in the valley for long multi-pitch is Pène d’Udapet, once again on good limestone
There are quite a few more routes on the Chemin de la Mâture (some nice slabs there)
Lescun Cirque is a bit poor in terms of long quality mountaineering routes, but there’s still some stuff out there like the Larangus Arete on Grand Billare
However going over to the next Ossau valley stands Pic du Midi d’Ossau with all sorts of routes of every difficulty.
A few of many many possibilities include walking along the Chemin de la Mâture, a tour of Lescun Cirque, Pic d’Anie, a tour of Pic du Midi d’Ossau. Casual walks abound from Lescun.
For you deviant cyclists, the Col de Marie-Blanque and Col d’Aubisque should be the main attractions I suppose.
If you have any question, feel free to contact Alex Bourdeu.