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International Meeting of Speleology Urzulei 2019

FOOTPRINTS

All footprints, even the smallest ones, leave a trace in this world.

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“SLOW SPELEOLOGY” EXCURSIONS

(organized by Icnussa, with cave guides; registration at the meeting
and of the excursions are required)

The Slow Speleology excursions have a didactic and explanatory purpose, and have the aim of teaching, in a
practical and simple way, several aspects including biospeleology, geology, hydrogeology and cave
photography. The excursions will have a theme and will involve the following caves.
Orbisi sinking river (Supramonte di Urzulei); Su Mammucone Cave (Supramonte di Urzulei); Su Cardu Cave
(Supramonte di Urzulei); Sa Rutta ‘e S’Orcu Cave (Supramonte di Urzulei); Su Marmuri Cave (Tacchi area,
Ulassai); Tiscali Cave (N-Supramonte, Oliena). Experts will guide you in a tour through the caves, explaining
the various aspects.

EXCURSIONS AND LABORATORY ACTIVITIES IN CAVES DEDICATED TO ADOLESCENTS (10-16 YEARS)

(organised by Icnussa, with cave guides; registration at the meeting and of the excursions are required)
Laboratory
This laboratory is dedicated to young cavers, and will be carried out in the Su Cardu Cave. The young team
will carry out activities related to the subterranean world, or related to the use of caves by local people.
The cave has been chosen because of its easy access and its vicinity to Urzulei.
The activities will be guided by expert teachers. Registration will be needed in order to organize the
excursions in an optimal manner, and for the same reason there will be a maximum number of participants.

EXCURSIONS AND LABORATORY ACTIVITIES IN CAVES DEDICATED TO THE YOUNGEST (6-10 YEARS)

(organised by Icnussa, with cave guides; registration at the meeting and of the excursions are required)
In order to encourage young boys and girls to come in touch with the world of caves and speleology,
Icnussa will organise a series of excursions in a couple of caves.
The Sa Mela and Sutta Terra de Sarpis caves have been chosen for this purpose. These are two very simple
caves, easy to reach and to visit. They have the main characteristics of caves, with speleothems, dripping
and nice morphologies, and they are also located in an environmental context of great beauty.

EXCURSIONS FOR EXPERT CAVERS (WITHOUT GUIDES)

(WITHOUT GUIDES)
The organization of Icnussa suggests the following caves, based on their rather easy access from Urzulei,
being located at less than 2 hours from the village. They are located in the two main karst areas close by.
More information is available at https://www.catastospeleologicoregionale.sardegna.it/webgis/

CODULA ‘E LUNE KARST AREA

Sa Rutta e’ Su Crabargiu Cave (0577 SA/OG): horizontal cave with presence of safety ropes on small
vertical passages. The cave is very interesting and rich in speleothems. The path to reach the cave passes an
extraordinary landscape, in itself worth seeing. Leaving the car in Sa Portiscra, at around 30 minutes driving
from Urzulei, the cave is reached in one hour walk. Cave temperature around 15°C.

Su Palu Cave (1988 SA/OG): this cave needs no introduction, being widely known among cavers. It is part of
the longest Italian cave system, and the visit is only possible to expert cavers, because of the presence of
technical difficulties (ropes). The car can be parked at Telettotes, 30 minutes driving from Urzulei, and from
here the entrance is reached by a 10-15 minute walk. The cave is very beautiful inside, and is a must for any
caver. The cave temperature is around 15°C, the access to the inner parts of the cave involves the passage
of a semi-sump, whereas feet and legs get wet also in the underground river close to the waterfall.

CAVES IN SUPRAMONTE

“Sa Rutta ‘e S’Edera” Cave (0588 SA/OG): this cave, known by shepherds since ages, has been explored
since the 60s. It is a complex cave system, that requires expert cavers used to rope progression techniques
and hard alpine caving. After a series of shafts and narrow passages through blocks, a final drop allows to
reach a nice pool, from where the underground water flow can be followed. From here on water will
always accompany you in your visit. The cave has a development of over 10 km, and the main river can be
followed, also passing a very long crawling through blocks, up to the final sump. The internal temperature is
rather low (9°C) and the airflow is strong. You will be wet for most of the time, so the cave can get very
cold. The cave has some very nice flowstones, and beautiful forms due to the erosion of running water:
kettles, pools, rapids and waterfalls. The car can be parked near to the entrance, around 30 minutes driving
from Urzulei.

Luigi Donini Cave (0424 SA/OG): this is one of the most beautiful caves of Supramonte, also because of its exceptional location on the flanks of Gorropu and Orbisi gorges. The cave can be reached with a 45-minute drive from Urzulei, following a rather bad dirt road, and parking near Sedda ar Bacchas sheepfold. From here a 10-15 minute walk leads you to the upper entrance. The cave is aquatic and requires the use of a
wetsuit and canyoning techniques (double rope), whereas swimming is unavoidable. From the upper entrance the entire cave can be crossed to its outflow, high up on the wall of Orbisi canyon. From here you can abseil the 45 metres external wall, or climb up 30 metres inside the cave to reach the upper entrance, from where you can find a path that leads back to the car. Being an active cave, the visits can be dangerous
during rainy periods (watch the weather forecast!).

Mandara ‘e S’Uru Manna Cave (2489 SA/OG):
The cave opens on the right flank of Flumineddu valley, in the location with the same name. The first part of shafts is followed by a low river passage that ends in a wider room where the river proceeds through a very low passage. The cave is rather cold (9°C), has a sensible air flow, and requires the caver to get wet in narrow passages lying in the river bed. This cave is typical of the active caves in this part of Supramonte, in
the Flumineddu region, and is part of the main cave system. Getting to the entrance is a bit painful, with a long one-hour drive over very nasty dirt roads (a 4-wheel drive is advisable), and another one hour of walking. The visit to this cave is warmly recommended because it allows you to get a nice experience though the wildest parts of Supramonte, with breathtaking views on mountains, forests, and the Flumineddu canyon.

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