canyon exploring with Michele Angileri

Riu Meriagu Mannu

In the granite rock of southern Sarrabus there are the quiet cascades and the pools of Riu Meriagu Mannu. A full mediterranean authentic sardinian scenery opens to the eyes. Emotions come from the intense beauty of the 37 meters cascade, falling down a big rounded granite plate.

Name Riu Meriagu Mannu
Area Sardegna, Sarrabus
Nearest village Geremeas (Quartu S. Elena)
Elevation loss 160 m
Length 1300 m
Highest cascade 37 m
Rock Granite, basalt
Rating3 (late spring)
Shuttle No
Explored by Michele Angileri, Andrea Pucci, Carlo Scappaticci; may 1st 2008

 

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In Sardinia canyons open through different kind of rocks: limestone, granite, metamorphic sandstone, basalt, ... Each kind of rock gives canyon landscape peculiar forms and colours. However all of Sardinia's canyons have a common feature: oleanders.

In Sardinia oleanders are much bigger and higher than in Italian Peninsula. In every river bed they form little dense forests that canyoneers have to pass by moving like snakes, finding a way between branches and trunks.
Things are much worse when blackberry bushes and other spiny mediterranean bushes grow between a dense forest of oleanders that fills the bottom of a canyon ...
This happens in Riu Meriagu Mannu. After the last cascade the river-bed have an impassable forest of oleanders and spiny bushes. But we didn't know a better way to go out of canyon, and so we had to open our way by naked hands amidst that impassable bush. It wasn't funny ...

A better way appeared when we were sat in our car ... That might be the right way to exit the canyon, but we realized a bit too late ...
The followers will say.

Photos by Michele Angileri and Andrea Pucci

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