Region ✦ Montserrat, Catalunya
Country ✦ Spain
Type ✦ Dry canyon
Vertical rise ✦ 250m
Difficulty ✦ v3-a1-II
Duration ✦ 2h to 2h30
Max abseil ✦ 35m
Access to the place
Hiking to the start 1h30
Climb the Drecera de Fra Gari to reach the cami de les Bateries. Leave the fork on the left that climbs to Sant Joan and continue for 15′ to a large left-hand bend that passes over the crest of les Garrigoses. At the start of the bend, a cairn indicates a very small path that goes below and joins the ridge due south. The path descends a little and reaches the Col de les Garrigoses. Leave the downhill start on the left (towards torrent fondo) and continue straight on to climb the first summit of the serrat. Then descend on the other side to reach a small pass formed with the 2nd summit. Here you'll find a well-trodden path winding down to the Canal del Xacó. Take it, continuing straight ahead through the jungle to follow the bed of the canal to the 1st abseil.
The barranco runs south-west through the middle of Serrat de les Garrigoses. A series of 8 rappels (to be confirmed). The equipment in place is very good. While the approach is rather paumatic, the descent poses no problems whatsoever. Plan at least one 2x50m.
Ideally, the approach should be replaced by an ascent of torrent Fondo or torrent Font Seca, to create a more interesting loop.
The route is boxed and starts with a fairly vertical 1st abseil of 7/8m through abundant vegetation. Take great care when pulling the rope to avoid getting it caught in all the branches and brambles, especially as there is no way out once you've entered the canal.
The 2d abseil of around 15m is much more impressive. The descent is aerial, with lateral supports on narrow, almost parallel walls offering few handholds.
Then comes the 3rd abseil of at least 30m, the same as the previous one, even more aerial and above all in the middle of an orange rock, chiselled by the erosion of the waters. You can stop in the middle to admire the geological striations and crenellations before touching down and enjoying the splendid chimney you've just descended.
Less interesting. The channel widens a little and you have to climb 5 or 6 more abseils, less and less steep, but still colonized by mountains of brambles, to finally reach the bottom of the barranco, a few metres above the road.
At the foot of the barranco, take the little path that goes off to the right to meet the road again at the bend. From here, turn right and in 5′ you'll reach the Hermita de la Salut parking lot.