TOPO Via ferrata
Location ✦ Solius
Region ✦ Catalunya
Country ✦ Spain
Vertical rise ✦ 300m
Length ✦ 1900m
Difficulty ✦ K5
Duration ✦ 5h30 to 6h30
Access to the place
Hiking to the start 45'
From the parking lot, take the path that goes straight up. At the first fork in the road, follow the path to the right, then take a sharp left turn uphill. Here you head straight for the cliffs, which you can see ahead. Follow this path until you come to the large sign indicating the via ferrata (if it's still standing!). Then fork right to follow the tiny path through the trees. The landmark is a small wooden bridge in the first few metres. 15′ of steep, narrow path to find a sign pointing to the foot of the track on the right, just a few minutes away.
Course 4h à 5h
The via ferrata, facing south and then east, was opened in 1996. The equipment is good and varied, and the overall level is TD without any problems, especially for its length. Bring gloves and a pulley for the zip line. It's best to have a general map of the route with you, as it zigzags around and it would take far too long to detail each pitch, abseil and bridge. Allow at least 4 hours, if not 5, to complete the entire route!
The last 2 thirds of the route are marked with blue dots, making orientation easier. The equipment is good, even if the bridges move around quite a bit and are often only equipped with two cables. The climbing pitches can be short or long, but, with the exception of the first 2 pitches, they present physical and technical difficulties, with overhangs, overhangs to negotiate, foot spacing or adherence to the rock, and diagonal traverses with overhangs. Gloves are not superfluous, to be honest, and the difficulty lies in multiplying these efforts over 5 hours. Even in the last 5 minutes, the steps are exhausting, especially with the accumulated fatigue.
A word about the 30m zip line, 1 cable stretched between 2 rocks. Without a pulley (which was the case for us), it's quite physical, either going the old-fashioned way, hands and feet on the cable, or hanging from a quickdraw (+ safety cow) and progressing by small jumps.
Finally, the abseiling. One half easy, the other more difficult, with vertical abseils, equipped with belays on the side of the wall, feet in the void. Be careful, for some of them you can descend at 2 different points, and only one of them is the right one! There's even an abseil that you have to stop in the middle of the wall to continue the route, otherwise you'll have to climb back up by force of arms...
Follow the blue dots and the path which descends steeply into the woods. The path then climbs up a little to the right, then passes a large boulder before finding the first larger track, which you follow to the left. Follow this track down to the junction with PR-C 102. Turn left again to reach the parking lot below.