Canyoning Bacu Padente
CANYONING IDEAL FOR EXPERTS
TIME REQUIRED (MAX):
Highest rappel: 30 meters
Technical Equipment: provided by us
Technical Experience: experience with harness/ropes
What you need to bring: backpack, water 2 liters, hiking shoes, appropriate season clothing, sunglasses, sun cream, packed lunch
Price: With a minimum group of 6 participants, 60€ per person, including the technical equipment
Bacu Padente (Sardinian term used to identify a forest) is a deep limestone canyon that starts from the heart of Ogliastra, in the Golgo plateau, and reaches the emerald sea of the Gulf of Orosei. From the 'Piana del Golgo' take the large dirt road that goes around the small rural church of San Pietro and leads, in about 20 minutes, to the Ololbissi area. From the same area where the path that leads to Cala Biriala begins, the path that leads to Bacu Padente starts.
Once the descent towards the sea begins, we quickly reach the first part of the canyon. Here, instead of going into it, we remain on the orographic right and walk along the calcareous walls that gradually become more and more imposing. The cliffs shrink more and more until we reach the final part that forces us to face three rappels of 30, 20 and 30 meters in this order.
The panorama around us is certainly suggestive: we look out on the coast famous for its emerald sea, its cliffs and its coves with a rugged and wild territory. With the last jump of 30 meters we reach the heart of Bacu Padente and we prepare ourselves for the very exciting crossing of a cave that allows us to emerge and lean out on the sea.
From here there are three small rappels of 10 meters each that lead us to the last and spectacular jump. During the descent we will cross the path of the Selvaggio Blu: a five-day trek that has now reached world renown and allows you to cross the entire Gulf of Orosei sleeping in a sheepfold and in spectacular bivouacs.
Returning to our last rappel, it will be possible to choose between two starting points. The first is a large easily identifiable juniper, the second in close to the right wall. The first will lead directly to the cliff (being very careful to finish the descent on the first rocky ledge and not go down too much), the second will lead to a small cave close to the sea. Both the descents are very suggestive.
Once the rappels is over we will head north to then go up the left side of Bacu Padente. We will go again to intersect the path of the Selvaggio Blu and during the ascent we will enjoy a wonderful panorama on the first three rappels that we have faced at the beginning of our journey.
LET'S GO CANYONING!