Climbing Areas

By Pasquale Cassese
Photo Marco Marrosu

If someone took a telephone directory and started looking for how many Ruiu are living in Sardinia, just to do something, he would find hundreds of them. If he then looked for the same word on a Sardinia map, being panic-stricken and prey to hypnotic attack, well, he would then started to be desperate! There are countless stones, tops, hills and mountains that are called Ruiu. Ruiu, is red, translated simultaneously: it is the cork oak trunk after the bark has been taken out; Ruiu is the sunset or one of the rainbows colours. However Ruiu is especially the granite in Sardinia. Sardinia is the biggest granitic area in Italy: so it is a normal consequence that the "immense popular fancy" has called all the red-coloured mountains (there are hundreds of them) Ruiu. The Ruiu Mount I suggest you to go to, is a marvellous red porphyry one: it is a beautiful, solid and granular porphyry as we like it to be, about ten kilometres from the sea, two kilometres from the warm waters baths and only one kilometre from the nearest village. It is the Mount Ruiu of S. Maria Coghinas (SS): four routes have been realised on it, which are classical and really friendly climbing (viz. you should take nut and friends with you and you will be able to use them!!! The drill can remain at home). Take the route connecting Porto Torres and S.Teresa of Gallura to reach it: you must turn towards Santa Maria Coghinas and go on towards Viddalba after having go through the village; you cross a bridge and then turn immediately right going up towards Giuncana. The Mount (it really couldn't be more Ruiu than this…) will be in front of you and the wall you have to reach is the northern one. You must leave the car as nearest to the walls as you can and go on walking for half an hour. You will obliquely climb towards the right walls along a badly sketched trail. The highest top is called Punta Manna and you can reach it along the right ridge; the most interesting and exacting is the secondary summit rising over the built-up area of Giuncana, the left one. This one can be observed from the route, shaped like a Y and derives from a central pillar, divides into two ridges which meet up again in a beautiful and final pillar which can't be seen. This Mount is made of a particular and excellent stone, so go and see it trustingly: after a beautiful climbing, going back towards Viddalba, turn left one kilometre before the bridge and take the little track on the left which goes to the Baths of Casteldoria. You will find, crossing a wood bridge along the Coghinas river, sulphurous waters which will lighten your war wounds and will relax your muscles stiffened by the effort.

Il Dente di Caino (Photo M. Marrosu)