Thursday, December 8, 2016
Henri Barrio "Cuckoo”
Nicknamed "Cuckoo”, Henri Barrio remains associated with one of the finest achievements of Pyreneism: the north face of Pique Longue du Vignemale in 1933.
That same year, he managed the second ascent of the corridor Gaube, forty-four years after it was first climbed by Celestin Passet and Henri Brulle. Also in 1933, a month after this success, he attacks the northern face of the Pique Longue with Robert Bellocq.
Barrio is remembered for creating the Abérouat's refuge in the Aspe Valley (Béarn) where he was able to apply the noble ideas of Popular Education from the Popular Front. He died in 1969.