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Guided Via Ferrata near Girona and the Costa del Brava

 

Sea cliff climbing on Castell Helen Gogarth.

Sea cliff climbing in North Wales

Gorge de Salenys

Gorge de Salenys

Gorge de Salenys Tyrolean

Tyrolean Traverse at Gorge de Salenys

Via ferrata - high cable walk

Exposure on a via ferrata

 

 

 

Via Ferrata on the Costa Brava -

Cala del Moli - Gorge de Salenys

Cala del Moli

The Rock Climbing Company offer guided via ferrata adventures in the Costa Brava in northern Spain.

One of the main areas for via ferrata on he Costa Brava is in the region south of Girona as it has 3 very good routes :

1. Cala del Moli - The perfect holiday adventure. A brand new via ferrata that traverses the cliffs above the sea near Sant Feliu de Guixols. The seaside atmosphere adds a unique element to the route that traverses around the headland with several sections that cross between inlets on steel cables, tibetan bridges or wooden planks. A great blend of sun, sea and adventure at an intermediate level. It is also only 40 minutes from Girona.

2. Gorge de Salenys - An ideal via ferrata for beginners in the hills just north of the coast and close to Bell-Lloc. The route follows the walls along a river gorge and traverse above rock pools with lots of wire ladders, tibetan bridges and an optional short abseil. It is suitable for children.

3. Aguelles Rodones - A long, hard via ferrata and so very different to Cala del Moli or Gorge de Salenys. It is also brilliant and if you have the physical and mental ability then it is a fantastic and rewarding adventure that traverses the granite spires of the Dalmau dels Carcaixells just north of Sant Feliu de Guixols. It is one of the best via ferrata in Catalonia, but is graded at a high level (5 out of 6) for physicality and exposure and scores a full 6 out of 6 for stamina as it takes over 5 hours to complete

Thus within a relatively small area there are 3 very good via ferrata that are all quite different. The map below shows their location and the table below the map outlines the general characteristics of the via ferrata.

 

 

Via Ferrata Closest Town Difficulty Time Suitable for Beginners/Families
Cala del Moli Sant Feliu de Guixols Generally not too strenuous, although one section does overhang gently placing more weight on the arms. There are some cable bridges that need a little confidence. 2.5 - 4 hours from the parking Adult Beginners - yes / Children - no
Gorge de Salenys Bell-Lloc and Veinat de Penedes A great introduction to via ferrata at 2-4 hours from the parking Beginners - yes / Children - yes
Aguelles Rodones Santa Maria de Solius / Santa Agnes de Solius Strenuous, exposed and long. Also brilliant. 5-7 hours No

 

Via Ferrata - Cala del Moli

Tibetan bridge across the seaThis is our most popular via ferrata in the northern Spain because its location on the coast makes it easily accessible, its position above the sea gives it a unique holiday atmosphere and it is at a perfect level of difficulty; interesting and challenging yet eminently doable. It takes seaside scrambling over rocks to the next level.

The via ferrata lies on the headland just south of Sant Feliu de Guixols in a protected area listed as a Pla d'Espais d'Natural Interest de Catalonia - it is easy to see why this coastline is protected as it is quiet and beautiful despite being so close to a town.

Access to the via ferrata is a gentle 20 minute walk along a GR footpath to the start of the route. The route follows the cliffs around the inlets of Cala Moli, Es Fjorn and Cala Alga. Highlights are the 4 bridges used to cross the deep chasms that characterize this part of the rocky coast; the first is a narrow plank that sets the scene for the double wire cable and the short single cable bridges that follow. The last bridge crosses a wide gap with 3 cables for the hands and a couple for the feet. The hardest physical section is halfway round with a short section on a slightly overhanging wall - short, but sharp.

The via ferrata was very recently equipped with new stainless steel components by local activist Albert Girones and so it is modern and safe - a very good effort.

Gorge de Salenys

The Gorge de Salenys lies halfway between Girona and the coast between the villages of Selva Romanyà and Santa Cristina d'Aro. It is probably the most popular via ferrata on the Costa Brava because of its central location and the fact that is is suitable for both beginners, families and youngsters. It also makes a great adventurous escape from the heat of the coast in Summer.

The Gorge de Salenys is a complete change from the coast and lies in an area of woodland, rivers, rock pools, rocky gorges and,very usefully in Summer, shade.

The via ferrata takes between 90 and 180 minutes to complete depending on our speed and the number of photograph stops. A useful feature of this route is that it runs parallel to a walkers path and so allows any members of a party who are feeling less adventurous to still stay close by and take photos or give encouragement.

A major feature of the Gorge de Salenys is the multitude of aerial gorge crossing that are built into the route - there are eight overall and these include Tibetan style wooden bridges. tyrolean traverses and aerial walkways - all of which add a good dose of adventure and exposure to the route.

Above all this is a really fun route with a lot of variety and interest packed into a remarkably amenable route.

 

Agulles Rodones

Steep climbing on Agulles RodonesAccessing the Agulles Rodones via ferrata is easy from both the Costa Brava coast and from nearby Girona and involves a 30-40 minute drive from Girona and just 20 minutes from Sant Feliu de Guixols.

The Agulles Rodones translates as 'The Round Needles' and the route climbs and traverses around the granite spires or needles of the Dalmau dels Carcaixells. The via ferrata was first opened in 2003 and is maintained by the great, local activist Albert Girones - a feat you will only really appreciate after having done the route. The route can be done throughout the year although carrying enough water in summer can add to your load.

The Agulles Rodones is one of the longest, hardest and best via ferratas in Northern Spain and will take a fit team about 6 hours from start to finish, although it is possible to escape at a couple of places with some longish abseils. Technically it is not to hard, but it is very strenuous and very exposed with both these factors being exaggerated by the sheer length of the route. There are also several mandatory abseils/lowers so some previous climbing experience is advantageous.

After a 20 minute walk-in from the parking the starting via ferrata is steep, but straightforward and leaves you on top of the first needle, Agullola. The following section is a good entrance exam - a 25m cable bridge to the next needle ( l'Agulla of Llom) and then a section of ferrata before a shorter (9m) cable leads to an overhanging wall and short, hard section of via ferrata leads to easier ground.

Agulles Rodones Cable BridgeMore traversing around the spire leads to a short abseil that leads to a Himalayan bridge and the Agulla Teto and more airy bridges. After this we climb to reach l'Agulla Petita and the Agulla de la Torre - at this point we can abseil 18 meters and climb back up or do a 20-meter zip line across the void.

After following the PR-102 for a short way we reach the Miloca Pass before getting to the Roca Lisa and a 20 meter abseil. Traversing around the spire we reach another gap and need to abseil another 17m before gaining a well-marked trail that leads to the Agulla Central. This part is steep and hard on the arms, but persevere and we reach a ridge and another abseil (12 meters) that leads to an exposed continuation via ferrata that continues in the middle of the wall.

After arriving at the spire known as l'Onclewe continue with more climbing, abseiling and traversing before arriving at the final needles of Canaleta and Canaleta 2 - there are 3 more Tibetan bridges (11, 20 and 15 meters respectively ) and an overhanging wall to finish off your nerves and stamina

After that it is just a short walk back to the cars for well earned rest and refreshment.

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Via Ferrata Agulles Rodones

 

 

 

 

Equipment for Via Ferrata


Via Ferrata in Catalunya The equipment needed to undertake via ferratas cane be broken down into your personal kit and safety equipment.

The personal equipment is your standard walking gear - clothing suitable to keep you comfortable and dry in an outside environment plus rugged shoes or boots that preferably have stiff soles In addition tough leather gloves can help protect you hands - leather gardening gloves work well. Clients need to bring their own food and drink as well.

Safety equipment is all provided by us and includes a helmet, a harness plus the energy absorbing lanyards and a "cow's tail". The lanyards are the single most important piece of equipment as they are purpose designed to absorb the energy generated in a fall.

It is very important not to use normal slings or even rope slings to connect into the safety wires as they have no means of absorbing the energy generated in a fall and the forces generated can be massive - enough to break bodies and equipment. Via Ferrata lanyards consists of an energy absorber which loops onto your harness and then has two legs which connect to the via ferrata safety cable with custom designed karabiners, and a means of connecting to the harness.

The energy absorption can be achieved either with rope or tape that runs through a friction brake or with "tear" webbing. We use friction brake lanyards as they can still be used if there is a fall half way round a route - tear webbing lanyards can give more consistent energy absorption, but are only good for one fall.

In addition all of our lanyards are modern "Y" lanyards that are far more tolerant of user error - the older "V" lanyards do not work if both arms are clipped in at the same time. Plus all our lanyards were replaced in 2013 to comply with the latest standards - a large proportion of older lanyards were found to lose significant strength over time because of the materials they were constructed from.

In addition we equip all clients with a short dynamic rope sling and carabiner that is also attached to the harness and can be used to rest on strenuous sections or to allow you to take photos!

The use of all safety equipment is included in the course price.

 

 

Sun Rock ClimbingThe Rock Climbing Company offer a variety of flexible mountaineering courses that can easily be adapted to your own personal requirements. We tailor every course specifically to the clients requirements. This following pages on this web site will outline the variety of climbing instruction that we can offer along with descriptions of the most commonly requested topics; however these are just outlines and we are more than happy to build custom courses that meet your specific requirements. If you are unsure which course is the most appropriate for you or if you have a specific agenda in mind that you do not see advertised then please get in contact and we will work out a suitable itinerary.

Course lengths.

The Climbing Taster sessions normally last between 0.5 and 2 days, whilst all other instruction can be any length from 1 to 5 days. A lot of clients find that there is a great benefit in having at least 2 days of instruction because it lets us reinforce all the new found skills whilst still allowing time to enjoy the adventure.

Guiding.

We can help you climb your dream routes whether it be a classic scramble in the Glyders or Right Wall on Dinas Cromlech. Guiding and instruction are easily combined, so if you would like to learn new skills whilst climbing classic routes then that can easily be arranged.

Mountaineering Qualifications.

We are a small, independent company run by Silvia Fitzpatrick and virtually all the instruction is delivered by Silvia. Silvia holds the Mountaineering Instructor Award (1369) and is a full member of both the Association of Mountaineering Instructors and Mountain Leader Training Association.

In the event that Silvia is unable to personally instruct the course she may be able to offer an alternative instructor; all our associate instructors are professionally qualified to the relevant national qualification. In addition we only use instructors who we know and share our passion for the mountains. We will always ensure that the client is fully aware of the situation and that the use of an alternative instructor is acceptable to them.

Pricing and Instructor/Client Ratios.

Instructor/client ratios are kept low to increase safety and maximize contact time for learning. Maximum instructor-client ratios can be found in each course section. Prices can be found here

Equipment.

All specialist equipment will be provided by the Rock Climbing Company. You are responsible for providing your own suitable clothing, footwear and rucksack. Further detailed info can be found in the specific course sections and the Booking Info section.

 

Prices

All prices include use of all safety equipment.

Type of Course
Length
Number of People on the Course
Cost of the Course per Group

Cost of the Course per person

Cala de Moli
Half Day
1:1
130 Euros
130 Euros
1:2
160 Euros
80 Euros
1:3
180 Euros
60 Euros
1:4
200 Euros
50 Euros
Gorge de Salenys
Half Day
1:1
130 Euros
130 Euros
1:2
160 Euros
80 Euros
1:3
180 Euros
60 Euros
1:4
200 Euros
50 Euros
Agulles Rodones
Full Day
1:1
190 Euros
190 Euros
1:2
220 Euros
110 Euros
1:3
255 Euros
85 Euros
1:4
340 Euros
85 Euros

 

Please contact for prices on larger groups

 

 

 

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