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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)
Entrance altitude (above sea level) 500 m
Exit altitude (above sea level) 340 m
Length 1300 m
Longest rappel 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 ...
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Photos by Michele Angileri 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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