Adventure-cache hidden in the cliffs of Mortitx. Not to be underestimated
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The last canyon of Mortitx - also known as Torrent Fondo - is one of the nicest canyons on Mallorca. After a long and pretty wild approach the canyon is an extremely fun affair - many jumps and slides, rock arches and a great exit into the sea. When you reach the mouth of the canyon, the adventure hasn't ended. A new 'via ferrata' leads up the cliffs, some parts very exposed. The iron rope dumps you into a labyrinth of sharp rock spires that's quite challenging to navigate before you reach the safety of the dissgrass-sea of the Ariant-plains again.
Park near the winery of Mortitx, climb over the gate and follow the main road until you reach a gate and after this gate a tiny hut. Cross the dry stream and stay on the road until a visible footpath turns right (N 39° 52.527 E 002° 55.055). Now follow the stonecairns into the upper canyon of Mortitx (N 39° 52.733 E 002° 55.198) and climb down until you reach the first bigger waterfall below the large rocktower of Bec d' Oca. Jump down this first obstacle or climb around it and walk through another broad valley until you reach the actual start of the canyon.
Approach by canyoning:
Equipment needed: neoprene wetsuit, 40m rope, descending device, gloves for the climb back up. Not recommended during summer since the water-quality in the pools degenerates.
Just fun: jumps, slides and big pools. You'll probably need to abseil just once - at the big 20m waterfall. Be very careful at the last waterfalls when the sea is violent - the waves can reach far into the canyon. At the end of the canyon climb up the ramp to the right and search for the cache on the righthand side of the wall several meters before the first iron rope.
Ascent: follow the iron ropes and stone cairns. In the middle of the ascent a long passage isn't secured. From a big ledge go right, than climb up a steep slope to be beginning of a very steep chimney with two static ropes hanging down - that's the most difficult part of the whole climb. After the chimney another iron rope helps you over the last and steepest part of the cliffs (Grade C-D).
Once you reach the end of the cliffside take your time navigating through the rock labyrinth - look for stonechairns and traces of former hikers on the rock. Once you reach the safety of the dissgrass either go down right into the valley of Torrent Fondo, or go up left and traverse the hillside until you reach the abandoned building of Rafael d'Ariant and the approach-path.
Approach by foot:
harder than the canyoning approach - difficult pathfinding and downclimbing. Equipment needed: gloves, a ferrata-set, a safety rope and descending devices
Follow the canyoning approach until you reach the actual start of the canyon (a narrow slit with a big choke block) - climb the shallow valley to your right for a bit until you find rockcairns leading to the left. Follow this rockcairns through a labyrinth of spires and slots until you reach the upper part of the via ferrata (N 39° 53.683 E 002° 54.810)
Now climb down the first difficult part. Next a narrow and very steep 15m chimney followed by a delicate downclimb over a steep slope (a 50m rope helps) waits for you. Traverse the wall until you reach the next iron rope which zig-zags down into the canyon. Find your price after the end of the last iron rope.
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