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Gorropu Canyon, Saturday, June 13 2015

Sandra led a hike into upper Gorropu Canyon on Saturday. We drove about 45 minutes from Passo Silana to reach the start, and ended up parking just over a kilometer away from the pass, as the crow flies. We drove all the way around the ridge that is west of the pass.

We were joined by Carolina and her dog Calvin for the first part, while her husband was climbing with Franco. The three of us hiked down to a pool where water remains most of the summer. Carolina then went back, while Sandra and I continued down the canyon for a while, to the point at which ropes were required to get past waterfalls.

Then we started back up a side canyon, to another pool, fed by a waterfall that is fed by water flowing through a cave. It was quite pretty. Then it was a scramble up the edge of the canyon until we reached the trail again, near our starting point. Just after that we took a side trip down to another waterfall and pool, where the force of the winter water has carved out a very large bowl with an overhang.

Once we reached the car, we were joined by Franco and the others, and hiked a short distance to another cave, where a stream disappears into a fairly good sized cave.

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There were quite a few free-range pigs. Calvin investigates...

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Dung beetle, with dung ball

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GorropuCanyonHike_2015-06-13-103200.mp4 Movie 52 Seconds (63MB)

A panorama movie of the canyon. The pool is where we ate lunch.

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View down to canyon mouth

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The pool where we ate lunch, then Carolina and Calvin headed back.

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My guide, Sandra, with Calvin next to the pool.

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Lots of large tadpoles in the pond, a few small fish

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There was a small snake in this pool further down the canyon.

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It was probably digesting, because it really wasn't interested in moving much.

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I took a few movies of the snake

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Sandra's hand for scale. She really wanted the snake to move; I suggested we leave it in peace.

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There is lots of wild Oleander all over Sardinia, including here in the canyon.

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This was our turnaround. After this you really need ropes to get down and around waterfalls, and you are committed to exitting the canyon mouth.

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Headed up the tributary. You can see that there are massive water flows, from the size of the rocks being moved

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There were huge sand bars piled up by the force of the water, forming dams in the stream.

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There were lots of potholes carved by the stream.

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The cave at the top of the waterfall

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Part of the stream splits into a cave upstream

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Pool at the base of the waterfall

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Lush, ferns, trees, a real oasis.

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The waterfall, from the pond.

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Two birds, waiting for us to leave

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Movie of the waterfall and surroundings.

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Another cave we passed as we hiked. It goes back and then up, probably has winter water in it.

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Looking down at the lip of the waterfall

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This is the overhang carved out by the water flow in winter. The waterfall is about 35 meters high.

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Movie showing the area around the waterfall; lots of driftwood.

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A large and interestingly shaped juniper next to where we parked.

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Above the cave, looking down at the stream

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The entrance to the cave, under where we standing.

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A second "tunnel" entrance to the cave

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As far as we went down the cave; narrower and filled with debris beyond this.

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Back at the car, ready to head back to the pass.

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