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Baumes Corcades - Roques l'Empalomar - Castellcir

Steep via ferrata catalunya

 

Catalunya is not only a fantastic area for climbing, but it also has the best via ferrata in Spain. The Barcelona area is no exception with great via ferrata routes both to the north and the west of the city.

The three major via ferratas to the north of the city are varied in difficulty from Castellcir which is an ideal introduction to the sport to Baumes Corcades which is reasonably demanding.

1. Castellcir - La Penyora: This via ferrata is situated just west of the town of Centelles, which is an hours drive north from the center of Barcelona.

The route has parts which are a little athletic and includes 4 tibetan bridges and a tyrolean traverse. Overall it takes about 2 hours to go around the route.

2. Baumes Corcades: This route is again close to Centelles, but is a different ball game compared to Castellcir - it is best suited to those with some previous experience of via ferratas because it is powerful in places, quite exposed (a 68m long cable walkway!) and reasonably long.

3. Roques l'Empalomar: Located just north of Berga and about 90 minutes north of Barcelona the route sits at the foot of the Pyrenees. It is a perfectly graded route; it has enough interest for experienced climbers and yet is not to hard for those new to via ferrata. The route takes about 3 hours from start to finish with about 2 hours on the route itself. There is also a relatively new extension that is accessed by a tibetan bridge that can be used to extend the route.

West of Barcelona there are several via ferratas with the stand-out ones being Borinot and the Sant Marti Sarroca. Borinot is situated in the conglomerate climbing paradise of Montserrat - it is quite short and best done as an extension of a days climbing. Sant Marti Sarroca thought is a tough little number with some strenuous climbing and a mandatory abseil.

4. Sant Marti Sarroca: The via ferrata is just north of Vilafranca del Penades and an hour from the center of Barcelona.

The map below shows the location of the via ferrata on the Costa Brava near Barcelona and Giriona.


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Via Ferrata Closest Town Difficulty Time Suitable for Beginners/Families
Castellcir - La Penyora Centelles / La Penyora A good introduction to via ferrata with a couple of exposed sections 1.5 - 2.5 hours from the parking Adult Beginners - yes / Children - no
Baumes Corcades Centelles A very good via ferrata that is rightly one of the most popular in Northern Spain 4 - 5 hours from the parking Beginners - generally no, unless fit and used to exposure / Children - no
Roques de l'Empalomar Berga A good via ferrata that can be extended with an exposed ridge walk. 2.5 - 5 hours Adult Beginners - yes / Children - no
Borinot Montserrat - Barcelona A short and technical route that is best done as part of a climbing day at Montserrat 1.5 - 2 hours Adult Beginners - yes / Children - no
Sant Marti Sarroca Sant Marti Sarroca A good route that is pretty physical and includes an abseil 2 - 3.5 hours Adult Beginners - no / Children - no

 

There are more details on the two main via ferrata - Baume Corcades and oques del'Empalomar - below together with pricing.

 

 

Baumes Corcades

 

Exposure at Baumes CorcadesBaumes Corcades (also known as Centelles after the nearest town) is one of the best via ferrata in Catalonia and is withiin easy driving distance of Barcelona.

It is quite hard physically and is famous for having one of the longest cable bridges in europe - see the picture on the left - the cable is 68m long and quite exposed. Definitely a good test of nerves.

The route is often mentioned as being at the perfect level - enough interest for experienced climbers and yet possible for a determined novice - we would agree as long as any newcomers are fit and have a cool head.

The route consists of four sections with the last having been opened in 2006, the sections being separated by short, steep hikes. The first section starts out steeply climbing three vertical walls with overhanging sections. After quickly gaining more than 60m in height there is a traverse that brings the famous Tibetan cable bridge into view - 68m looks like a very long way from this perspective. Crossing the bridge takes between 5 and 10 minutes as any fast movement makes it move and swap - not advisable as it increases any feelings of fear and insecurity. Arrival at the far end is a relief.


A short traverse then to another fork that allows for a harder or easier variant to be taken - obviously the harder section is better and has some steep steps that are quite exposed. This leads to a ladder that crosses the gap to the last section. This fourth section is the hardest physically with 3 small overhangs.

 

 

Roques de l'Empalomar

 

 

 

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Baumes Corcades

 

Roques de l'Empalomar

 

 

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
Castellcir - La Penyora
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
Baumes Corcades
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
Roques de l'Empalomar
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
Borinot
Full Day as part of a climbing day at Montserrat
1:1
190 Euros
190 Euros
1:2
220 Euros
110 Euros
1:3
255 Euros
85 Euros
1:4
340 Euros
85 Euros
Sant Marti Sarroca
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

 

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