TOPO Via ferrata
Location ✦ Hospitalet del Infant
Region ✦ Catalunya
Country ✦ Spain
Height difference ✦ 300m
Difficulty ✦ K3
Duration ✦ 3h to 3h30
Access to the place
Hiking to the start 20' ou 45'
Take the wide path which climbs to the right towards el barranc del forat negre. Above you can see the whole ridge, which forms a kind of cirque, and the 2 electricity pylons at the top right, which mark the end of the ferrata. We pass under an electric pylon and a little further on, we have to take a tiny path which climbs at right angles to the left, at the level of a small wooden post. The path winds its way up to the foot of the ferrata, in front of a rock face with 2 red dots painted on it, the starting mark of the via. Allow 45′ for the car to be parked at the bottom.
The via ferrata is south-facing and has a 320m vertical drop. A 20m abseil is compulsory, but there are no major difficulties. The equipment is good, even if old in places.
Part 1: Ferrata Jordana
This consists of several passages equipped with rungs or chains, interspersed with small paths that take us over or to the right and left of the rocky ridge. The route is easy to follow and there are no particular difficulties. This section ends by passing the Portella Estreta, between 2 boulders, to reach the final abseil of some twenty metres. We land on a small pass from which we can eventually exit to return to the starting point.
Part 2: Coll Superior
Straight over the pass, a little higher up, there's a chain indicating the next part of the route. The path is easy to follow and takes us up the right flank to the canal del foll, a fairly wide chimney equipped with rungs, and then along the ridge path which, after a few equipped passages, leads us to the second abseil, some fifteen metres long. The descent is now possible without abseiling, as a knotted rope has been installed at this point. This brings us to the coll superior, the end of the second section.
Part 3: Cim dels Avens
Follow the path to the left, more or less following the ridge, until you come to a large boulder (you can see some abandoned cable equipment on the overhanging section), which you have to go around either to the left or right to end up on the widening ridge. Further on, you come to the small Coll de la Maïola, which is best accessed from the left (dangerous de-climbing!), passing a little lower down through a very narrow rocky gap into which you have to squeeze, possibly without your rucksack... Opposite, a chain allows you to continue and this time reach a wide ridge overlooking 2 sides. The view is splendid, and the whole ridge can be glimpsed as it continues due east to the Cim dels Avencs (722m), the final and highest point of the ferrata.
From the Cim dels Avencs, follow the path due east, first on the right-hand side, then alternating right and left. Overall, follow the ridge. After half an hour, you should find 2 passages equipped with chains that point the way. These de-escalations are quite tricky, and belay points are provided for abseiling (in the second one). Allow around 3/4 hour to reach the 2 large pylons from the summit. Then simply descend the wide track along the ridge you've just climbed to get back to the starting point (30′).