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1 Punta Corrasi, 1463
2 Scala 'e Pradu, 1227
4 Punta Sos Nidos, 1348
5 Punta Mugrones, 1138
6 Forcella di Sovana, 938
7 Punta Cusidore, 1147
9 Direzione Su Gorropu
10 Valle di Lanaitto
11 Dolòverre di Súrtana
12 Scala di Súrtana
13 Monte Uddè, 909
14 Monte Gutturgios, 689
15 Fruncu Mannu, 695
16 Sedda Artanule, 536
18 Costas d'Ossu, 677
19 Monte Omene, 626
20 Rio Flumineddu
21 Punta Catirina, 1127
22 Punta Ferulargiu, 1057
23 (Lago del Cedrino)
25 Valle del Cedrino
26 Monte Senes, 863
27 Monte S'Ospile, 577
29 Monte Tuttavista, 805
30 Statale 125 Orientale Sarda


Location: SS125 (798 m)      by: Pedrotti Alberto
Area: Italy      Date: 05-01-2012
The Supramonte is perhaps the wildest region of Sardegna and, presumably, of the whole Italy. It is so wide that is impossible to encompass it satisfactorily in one single photo. The present work shows its inner side; I am leaving behind my back the most celebrated part, namely, the one where the mountains descend wildly to the sea with stunning canyons and vertical walls which are a paradise for rock climbers and/or super-skilled trekkers. A name which is also a symbol is the Aguglia de Goloritzè, Aguglia being the Sardinian translation of «Aiguille», and Goloritzè being one of the most beautiful and isolated beaches of the Tyrrhenian sea. This rock tower is also known as «the mountain with the most difficult normal route in Italy», this route being rated VI+ and VII.
The Sardinian Holy Grail for climbers, however, remains Punta Cusidore, shown in the image: namely, although rather neutral from this side, it throws an impressive vertical 700 m limestone wall on the Oliena side.
On the other hand, as often happens, the highest peak of the region, Punta Corrasi, is devoid of any climbing interest, being an easy walk from a nearby pass which can be reached from Oliena by a 4WD (indeed, a strong one is needed) or, as in my case, by a bicycle (indeed, a *very* strong one is needed). On Punta Corrasi I found only fog, but luckily here we have Giuseppe Marzulli: see N.5064.
Only slightly hidden in my image, there is also the famous Monte Tiscali, which in spite of its 519 metres is one of the sybols of the island: namely, its summit hosts an enormous «dolina», i.e. karstic hole, which in turn hosts a mysterious «nuragic», i.e. prehistoric, settlement.
People interested in these subjects can look at the album, where I am slowly publishing some material.
I end my description with a quotation from «Viaggio in Italia», by Guido Piovene, an impressive travel report dated 1957 (!!) which, aged as it may seem, remains one of those cultural monuments for which, alas, nowadays we have so often to look back at past ages:
«This part of Sardegna is so charming that perhaps I have left it with more pain that any other part of Italy. Namely, while leaving it one does not have the feeling to move from a part of the world to another but, perhaps, to move from one world to a different one, ore even from an age of our life to a different one».
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Caro Alberto, conosco abbastanza bene il Supramonte. E' sicuramente la zona più selvaggia d' Italia. Secondo me, è di una bellezza eccezionale, soprattutto per gli amanti del trekking. E' una zona difficile, non adatta a tutti e dove occorre esperienza e senso di orientamento, ma ripaga con sensazioni uniche.

Dear Alberto, I know well enough Supramonte. It 's definitely the wildest area of Italy. In my opinion, it is of exceptional beauty, especially for those who love trekking. It is a difficult area, not suitable for everyone and where you need experience and sense of orientation, but allows unique sensations.
2013/01/14 22:42 , Giuseppe Marzulli
Great area - this is a sentimental one for me. Can't quickly find my 1986 travel diaries (no Picasa back then), but being neither a rock climber nor a super-skilled trekker I was on my way walking alone through the wilderness "behind your back" from Baunei to Cala Sisine and back to SS 125. Still remember my scratched legs, as not enough people were there to establish paths through the macchia. Looks like I should go there once more. Cheers, Martin
2013/01/15 20:45 , Martin Kraus
I do not know how things were in 1986, but now Cala Sisine can be reached even by bicycle via a dirt road. In 2006, however, during a tour that I called CiclAlpItalia, I preferred to leave the vehicle at San Pietro di Baunei and to reach by foot Cala Goloritzè. The aim of the tour was to cycle through the 20 Italian regions, climbing by foot the highest mountain of each one, and the consequent schedule was a very tight one... but for the Supramonte I reserved some extra day!
Nowadays the ultimate trekking here is "Selvaggio Blu", a crossing which takes no less than one week, with climbing passages up to IV. Substantially, it relies on old shepherd's tracks, employing also devices like the so called «scala e fustes» - google this, if you want...
2013/01/15 22:28 , Pedrotti Alberto

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