A via ferrada is one that has steel safety preinstalled, chains and cables and footholds for the more technical parts of the climb. I am sure there are purists out there who scoff, but you know what...it was seriously fun.
We were in Montserrat, and ended up at the mirador at the very stop...where I had seen folks appearing up the mountain side once before and thought...how very cool!
Well, today, it was Youngest and I who got to be cool, and it was AWESOME!
The photo below, we're part way up and looking to where we're going....
Looking back down, the furthest point is the previous photo
View of Montserrat
It's called the Teresina, it's 8K with 450 meters of elevation. Fun. The descent was scree, Youngest didn't love that part.