"Cengia" (rock ledge) is the keyword of these two days: the first one we are on the 400 m long "cengia" of Istrada Longa, in the Bacu S'orruargiu canyon; the next day we'll be climbing the dizzying via-ferrata of Badde Pentumas!
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Scott has a long and important video-conference, so we spend one day in Dorgali. For me it is a nice opportunity to visit the nice local shops, to resupply and to become the world champion of Tetris settling everything in the car.
Visiting Dorgali's local shops it is something I can suggest to everyone: beautiful craftsmanship, great food and the Cannonau wine is great!
Next morning, ready for breakfast on the tableland.
Getting here wasn't easy: not only a difficult gravel road, but also a wind so strong that was able to move the kayaks on the luggage rack.
Among huge holly oaks, we are walking to Bacu S'Orruargiu (this Sardinian name is almost unpronounceable in Italian too :-) looking for the Istrada Longa (Long Road in Sardinian) ledge.
Below us it is a huge natural arch: we'll be there this afternoon!
Conillo and Yoda lead the way.
Here starts Istrada Longa: a ledge 1 m wide and 400 m long.
Can't you believe? Click for the next photo!
Istrada Longa: me at the start.
Istrada Longa: Scott at the end (looking back).
Yoda climbing a carob tree at lunch time.
Climbing up in the bottom of the canyon of Bacu S'Orruargiu.
And here we are at the big natural arch.
Scott relaxing in the arch.
If you wonder where exactly he is...
...here he is!
Little plants grow where the drops gather: year after year this creates weird stalactites made of a mix of limestone and roots.
As usual, it is only looking at the trees that you get the real scale of the rock arch.
Everywhere there are niches, little caves, arches.
We leave the Bacu S'Orruargiu canyon.
It was late and I didn't take any other photo of the evening.
Next morning we are in Badde Pentumas canyon.
I had already done it twice and wasn't planning to go there again... But it seams that there's a new via-ferrata here that we cannot miss.
Here we are climbing up looking for the starting point.
We climb up till the canyon widens and creates this huge amphitheatre of orange limestone.
The via-ferrata connects different ledges (cengia): you walk on one to get to the next.
Scott on a "cengia".
Cengia after cengia we get higher and higher!
Sometime the ledge suddenly disappears and you have to rely only on the steel cable.
Yes, the steel cable is secure... but 100 meters of void below the feet are scaring anyway!
Scott on the Badde Pentumas via ferrata.
Yes, the trees down below are all huge holly oaks!
On the most vertical section they have placed a chain instead of the steel cable: I guess to allow a better grip for the hands.
Almost on top!
The starting point is almost below us... Down down below us!
Having vertigo? This is the best walk for you!
The canyon appears as a huge gash on the mountain continuum.
Conillo on a Juniper.
At the bottom is the Lanaitto valley: our starting point.
We reach the Cuile Duavidda, an ancient Sheppard hut, at 800 meters of altitude.
From here we can see all the Badde Pentumas canyon leading to the Lanaitto valley. We climbed up from 150 m to 800, now it is time to climb down!
There's no streaming water in Badde Pentumas: it comes only during storms...
...But the drought of this year has dried everything: where I used to struggling to avoid stagnant ponds, now there's only solid rock!
One abseil after the other.
We encounter many dead animals: mouflons, wild goats and boars.
It is not uncommon to find a couple of animals fallen in the canyon; but this time the amount of them is impressive and I wonder what has happened all these pour animals.
(No, I didn't take pictures of them).
At the end we arrive back at the via-ferrata's starting point.
Shall we play it again? :-)
Well, maybe for today it is better to end here.
This episode ends as it started: with a nice pizza in Dorgali!
See you for the next episode.