TOPO Via ferrata
Location ✦ La Morera de Montsant
Region ✦ Catalunya
Country ✦ Spain
Vertical rise ✦ 150m
Difficulty ✦ K3
Duration ✦ 2h30 to 3h
Access to the place
Hiking to the start 45'
Exit on the village side, go up the narrow streets to find a path on the west side leading to the ferrata (2h indicated) and El grau de Salfores (PR marked in yellow and white). Follow this path for about half an hour until you come to a sign indicating a climbing site on the right. Go up this small path, around a huge overhanging slab (marked route!), and continue. Pass through a rocky chaos, a few rungs before you see the start of the via, on a large, slightly pointed rocky slab (see photo) with a scar in the middle. This is where it starts.
Course 45' à 1h
The via ferrata, opened in 2002, faces south. 250m of vertical drop and slightly old equipment, with a few rusty, wobbly rungs. Obstacles include a vertical pitch and an aerial suspension bridge. 3 sections interspersed with easy bouldering and walking.
After the first equipped section, we return to the foot of the cliffs until we come to a large needle that stands out and we find the 2nd and most difficult part.
Vertical climbing, with a slight overhang to climb a slightly advanced needle in front of the rocky bar, in a very gassy atmosphere and with a breathtaking view over the southern plain of Montsant. A twenty-metre Tibetan bridge leads to the cliff. Nothing to do with the Baumes bridge (which, incidentally, is Nepalese), the bridge is fairly short with a narrow double cable for the feet. It doesn't swing too much.
Once again, a path leads us to the final sequence: a huge dome, fairly vertical then inclined (a few rungs move (!) but nothing more), which takes us to the top of the Serra Major overlooking the Montsant valley.
This can be done in 2 ways. From the west, following a small ridge path back to the PR above Grau de Salfores. From the east, which is what we did, following the ridge along a well-marked path. After about 10 minutes, a large kairn indicates the right fork. Descend following the clearly visible kairns and rejoin the main path back down to Morera de Montsant (Grau de la Grallera).