Gavarnie and the Pyrenees ASCEND, WRITE AND FEEL
In 1898, in his book One Hundred Years in the Pyrenees, Henri Béraldi evokes for the first time pyreneism which he defines as an intellectual approach to the mountains combining both writing and sporting achievement. For him, “the ideal of the pyreneist is to know how to climb, write, and feel at the same time. Like Béraldi, mountaineers and writers thus contributed to defining, much more than a sport, a philosophy.
Victor Hugo and Gavarnie GOD, A MYTHICAL POEM
The reputation of the Cirque de Gavarnie was built in the XNUMXth century by the multiple explorations of botanists, scientists, painters, romantics, and of course mountaineers in search of discoveries and prestigious ascents. The Pyrenees are then painted, described and told. Victor Hugo also largely contributed to his reputation thanks to the poem “God” written following his stay in Gavarnie: “ It is a mountain and a wall at the same time; it is the most mysterious edifice of the most mysterious of architects; it is nature's Colosseum; it's Gavarnie ". Words that still resonate today!