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Pica d'Estats
View of Pica d'Estats
Summit of Pica d'Estats
Highest point
Elevation 3,143 m (10,312 ft)
Prominence 1,280 m (4,200 ft)
Parent peak Montcalm Massif
Geography
State/Province FR
Parent range Pyrenees
Climbing
First ascent 1864 by Henry Russell and Jean-Jacques Denjean
Easiest route By the Vall Ferrera (Spain)
Pica d'Estats 31-08-2005
Pica d'Estats, SW face in August 2005

Pica d'Estats (Catalan and Spanish: Pica d'Estats, French: Pic d'Estats) is a 3,143-m-high mountain in the Montcalm Massif, Pyrenees. on the SpanishFrench border.

In France, it is the highest point in the region Occitanie and of the Department of Ariège. In Spain, it is the highest point of the autonomous community of Catalonia and of the province of Lleida.

Geography

The summit of this mountain is on the border of the Regional Natural Park of the Pyrenees of Ariége (French: Parc naturel régional Pyrénées Ariègeoises). The Pica d'Estats is in a group of mountains that forms the Massif du Montcalm, and is the highest of the mountains in the East-Central Pyrennes.

The summit has three peaks, all very close to each other:

  • Central peak, or Pica d'Estats, ( 3,143 m)
  • Western peak, or Pic de Verdaguer, (3,131 m)
  • Eastern peak, or Punta Gabarró, (3,115 m); here there is a triangulation station.

The group of three peaks runs north-northwest to southeast along the Spanish–French border.

View from pica de Estats
View from the Pica d'Estats : Estany d'Estats and Estany de Sotllo.

Geologie

The summit of Pique d'Estats is made of granite.

Climate

Even with its altitude, the Pique d'Estats does not have much snow.

History

The first ascent of this peak was made by Corabœuf & Jean-Jacques Testu in 1827. Henry Russell climbed this peak on June 1864.

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