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L'Auzatois

Each month we will deliver a few extracts from the future book by Sébastien GARCIA-MAURY dedicated to Auzat.

An excellent way to enrich your culture and your knowledge of our valley.

Honor to the "3000 m summits" which will be on the program of our races.

The Montcalm Summit (3077.82 m) which gave its name to the massif is the largest peak in the Pyrenees. The etymology of its name comes from "Calmis" which means "bare height", bald, without vegetation. The places of Calamès or Calmette in Ariège have the same origin.

 

Montcalm

The Estats Peak (3143.38 m), the highest point of the Montcalm massif, is located on the Franco-Spanish border. Its name comes from this position because it is a peak between two states.

Estat

 

The Verdaguer Peak (3129 m) takes its name from the famous Catalan poet of the19th century Jacint VERDAGUER who was one of the major figures in the Renaixençia poetry movement. Some of his works bear names which reveal his love for the mountains: Montserrat, Canigo, …

 

verdaguer

 

The Port de Sullo Peak or Sullo Peak (3072 m) is offset from the previous three. The etymology of "Sullo" seems difficult to determine. It is a name of Catalan origin which could mean "alone", due to its position apart from the others. However, one must bear in mind that until the 19th century it has been climbed only a few times, and Sulto is mentioned on certain old maps for its lakes, pass, mountain streams or even for the whole massif and the Estats Peak.

 

SULLO

 

It was not until 1886 that the maps were updated as we know them today.