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Bacu de Loi

The splendid Codula di Luna is among the main valleys of that part of Sardinia known as Supramonte. It is a wide limestone area. Rock is ancient and extraordinarily compact and white. There are so many pits and caverns, which drain all the water to the underground, leaving no flowing stream on the surface. Many deep rocky valleys and canyons cut the Supramonte, but water flows in them only in case of very heavy showers. The only settlements in this wide area are some isolated folds, far from the roads and now mostly abandoned. Supramonte is a harsh but majestically beautiful land.

The main faults of Supramonte area are oriented north-south (as in the whole southeastern Sardinia). So main valleys, as Codula di Luna, develop parallelly to coastline. Codula di Luna flows in the widest among Supramonte's faults, so wide that granite rocks surface. Waters can flow on granite rock, without going to underground. So the first part of Codula di Luna and its tributaries have some permanent flow. Last part of Codula di Luna develops in limestones instead, and so it have usually no water flow. Its dry bed meanders at the bottom of a majestic canyon, till it reaches the sea. Its mouth is the famous splendid beach ofCala Luna.

Bacu de Loi is a branch of Bacu de Salumina, the main among the tributaries of first part of Codula di Luna. It winds in a rocky sunny granite environment, with waterfalls and pools of emerald water.

Name Bacu de Loi
Area Sardegna, Supramonte
Nearest village Urzulei
Elevation loss 595 m
Length 4 km
Highest cascade 20 m
Rock White granite
Rating5 (winter, spring)
Shuttle Indispensable.
Explored by Michele Angileri, Guido Biavati, Andrea Pucci; february 28th 2008


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I remember ...

I wrote this yet, many times in this website: building a team for canyon exploring is really hard.
The point is that the right training and experience (both uncommon features) are not enough. The glue that makes a team from a few individuals is thoughts sinergy, objectives sharing, behaviors compatibility, the will to dream. To go through a "nonexisting canyon" (it will exist only after someone has been through it) you gotta like to waste your time eventually, have to focus your free time to the search.
In these years people rather prefer to try a bit of everything (being really able to do nothing at a good or safe level), to see many places (only the surface, never what lies under), to obtain the maximum action from their time (and the minimum thoughts and reflections).

In Bacu de Loi the sardinian canyoneer Guido Biavati joined the team Pucci-Angileri. He fitted very well in the team. We shared a good time-wasting: eating, joking, fooling, talking, turning around in Supramonte.
And we shared canyon exploring too. And it was great.

Photos and video by Michele Angileri, Guido Biavati, Andrea Pucci

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