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canyon exploring with Michele Angileri

Riu Abbambesi

You can see the canyon of Abbambesi from afar, as a deep cut in Quirra plateau. It begins as a stream flowing quietly on a horizontal pavement of marl-limestone layers. Then stream reaches plateau's edge and falls into a canyon with majestic (and landsliding) walls.

Here begins a great trail amidst walls, boulders and cascades.

Name Riu Abbambesi
Area Sardegna, Salto di Quirra
Nearest village Perdasdefogu
Entrance altitude (above sea level) 475 m
Exit altitude (above sea level) 140 m
Length 3 km
Longest rappel 35 m
Rock Limestone, sandstone, pudding, schists, gneiss
Shuttle Needed
Explored by Michele Angileri, Guido Biavati, Elisabetta Pinna, Andrea Pucci: april 17 2010


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Among the peculiarities of Abbambesi canyon is its location inside the biggest military firing ground of Italy. But you might not even realize to be in a firing ground: around you there's only impassable bush, solitude, and some cows or goats eating the grass that grows on the thousands of bullets and bombs spread on the soil. Some of them might be still "active", as written on boards.

This is the paradox of Quirra firing ground.

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

Photographs in this website show ultralight ropes (6 mm ropes made of high tenacity fibers). Read multimedia book Ultralight ropes canyoning technique to learn how to use them.

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