TOPO Via ferrata
Region ✦ Aragon
Country ✦ Spain
Type ✦ Via ferrata
Vertical rise ✦ 190m
Difficulty ✦ K2
Duration ✦ 1h30 to 2h
Access to the place
Hiking to the start 5'
Take the path to the right of the tunnel down to the puente de la Sierra, which crosses the rio. Cross over and climb up to the right to quickly find the start of the ferrata in a sloping canal.
Course 45'à 1h
The via ferrata faces south. The equipment is excellent. It's an easy, introductory route.
The route follows a fairly open channel, then becomes increasingly narrow. We use the lifeline and a few oppositions to get out of the hole. It's not a difficult route, just a well-equipped path. We gain altitude and the view of the gorge behind us is immediately much more aerial. At the end of this channel, the route turns completely left to make a downhill transition onto the more exposed side of the cliff, above the gorge.
More like a ferrata. The passages are more vertical, but still without any real difficulty. A step or 2 of climbing to exit into a gap and traverse a ridge with the whole void directly above the rio some 150m below. The end is a diagonal traverse, very well equipped but with the only rock (in some places very polished) for your feet. This is perhaps the most difficult passage. Final exit at the viewpoint over the village of Olvena.
From the viewpoint, descend to the village and turn right just before the church. Follow the signs and take the GR winding down to the bridge. On the other side of the bridge, following the cables to the right, you'll come to a suspension bridge which is under construction for a continuation of the défilé?