The Badde Pentumas Ferrata runs along a series of ledges and traverses on the right side of the Badde Pentumas Canyon. The ferrata takes place in a majestic environment. A couple of free climbing passages characterize the approach. The equipment has recently been replaced in the via ferrata which is now perfectly aided.
The starting point of the trip is the "Sa Oche" hut in the Lanaittu Valley in the province of Nuoro. From Nuoro continue in the direction of Oliena then towards Dorgali. When you see the signs for Su Cologne turn right. Just before reaching the square of the fountain On Cologne, turn right onto a cemented road first, a dirt road that then continues into the Valle di Lanaittu. Continue on the road to a crossroads where we will keep to the right following "Sa Sedda and Sos Carros". In just over 3 km you reach the hut.
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A path begins going down towards the stream, generally dry. Continue 5 minutes and enter the Pentumas Gorges. Go up a rocky ridge of about 10 meters in free (second degree). Continue inside the gorge for about 30 minutes and pass a rocky amphitheater. Continue until you reach a second. To start the via ferrata, go up the stony ground (45' from the car). We will notice a green writing that leads us to the start of the via ferrata.
The via ferrata is largely developed on ledges. From the start, take a first diagonal ledge. Subsequently a short aided slab is faced. Once the vertical section is finished, continue on a ledge on a slippery but not difficult ground. Continue horizontally on a not always stable ground up to another vertical wall of about 5 meters. At the end of this section the equipment ends momentarily and the green markers are followed up to a saddle in the road: continuing uphill to the right you reach 1h 30 'Punta Duavidda; continuing downhill to the left, continue the via ferrata. We begin to walk the ledge that characterizes the Ferrata Badde Pentumas. This ledge is very long. In the first part it is quite wide and the progression is easy. Subsequently the space for the feet is tightened and becomes minimal until it is completely missing. The ledge gradually becomes a horizontal traverse in which it continues in adherence by pulling on the cable. The exposure is strong but the cable is new infusing security to the progression. Once the exposed stretch is over, a comfortable ledge resumes that after fifty meters leads us to an exposed edge. Go past the corner and climb up vertically a dihedral aided with brackets and brackets that places us on a panoramic terrace where it is possible to admire the via ferrata just completed. Go up a not difficult oblique traverse, a last easily climbing vertical wall and finish the ferrata (1h 30' from the start - 2h 15' from the parking lot)
Climb up the wall completely to the top and then descend to the right downhill. Follow a path along the wood that leads us to the bed of the torrent and then to the hut (about 30' from the end of the ferrata - 2h 45' total).
The via ferrata is not technically difficult even if a couple of cross traverses require a good strength of arms and absolute absence of vertigo. The itinerary takes place in a canyon of absolute landscape interest.
The Badde Pentumas Canyon Ferrata is located on the Tyrrhenian side of the island. Going up the coast you could reach Porto San Paolo from which you can take the boat towards Tavolara and then drive along the Ferrata degli Angeli. If you point to the west coast of the island, you can choose between the Ferrata of the Castle of Medusa (1h 45 'drive), the Ferrata Regina (ca 1h 45 'of car), the Ferrata Giorrè (1h 45 'drive) and the Ferrata Cabirol (ca 2h 15 'by car). Going south towards Carbonia Iglesias we meet the Ferrata of Gutturu Xeu and the Ferrata del Pan di Zuccheto.
Approach: 0:45 h
Ferrata: 1:30 h
Itinerary: 2:45 h
Ferrata height difference: 170 m
Route difference: 500 m
Max altitude: 726 m
Length: 8.5 Km
Mountain Group: Monti Sardi