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I love my work.  The challenge, the variety, and the beauty that continually reveals itself in the high and wild mountains of our world.

I know that I am very fortunate to be able to share my passion and enthusiasm for mountain adventures with my clients, many of whom have become good friends.

I am a fully qualified IFMGA Mountain Guide specialising in adventures in Sardinia and the Dolomites in Italy.

The Selvaggio Blu Trail, Sardinia.

Spring:  04th to 11th April 2020

Autumn:   31st October – 07th November 2020

 

The beautiful and wild Orosei coastline of eastern SARDINIA  is now a regular part of my Guiding work.

 

In 2020, teaming up with  inversion travel  I will leading small groups on the challenging but unforgettable technical trek called “The Selvaggio Blu”.

Since first visiting Sardinia I have been captivated its warmth and hospitality, culture and …and of course its deliciously authentic food and wine!

There is so much more to this island than an exquisite coastline and idyllic beaches…  here you can lose yourself in the timeless and complex limestone landscape of the Supramonte mountains and re-connect with the natural world.

We complete the classic “Selvaggio Blu” trail from Pedra Longa to Cala Luna in five days and include a half-day training in a canyon local to Cala Gonone at the start of the trip- so that you can be well prepared for the journey ahead.

The trail involves some short sections of easy climbing, scrambling through short exposed passages assisted by juniper branches wedged into the rock face (traditional shepherd passages) and a good number of abseils.  We bivouac for four nights on the trail using a variety of camps, both high on the Supramonte plateau and beside quiet tranquil beaches for which this area is justifiably famous.

 

What previous adventurers thought about our “Selvaggio Blu” experience…

 

“Thank you for sharing Selvaggio Blu with us.  I feel privileged to have been part of such a fantastic adventure with an amazing group of strong, inspirational women.  Definitely one I’ll remember!”  Ida Tabis Oct 2018

 

“What an awesome week.  Thanks for extending my horizons and opening up new possibilities for me. ” Rachel Mortimer Oct 2018

 

“If you have the opportunity to go on this trip please jump at the chance, you will not regret it.  It will fuel you in ways you didn’t realise you needed.  Insanely beautiful, perfectly challenging and expertly led.  I could not recommend it more highly.”  Laura Reesby Apr 2019

 

 

A bit more about the Selvaggio Blu trail…

A few years ago I started exploring this part of Sardinia with local friends.  They generously shared their passion, culture and knowledge of the area with me and helped me fall in love with this little corner of paradise.  It is a complicated limestone landscape, of canyons, caves and hidden valleys and shares its secrets slowly, and yet it possesses a wealth of opportunities for amazing adventures.

It is a challenging but unforgettable journey along the remote and inaccessible coastline of the gulf of Orosei.  Starting at Pedra Longa in the south and continuing to Cala Sisine in the north.  It weaves a continually interesting and engaging route across exposed ledges, through caves and clefts in the cliffs, across challenging limestone pavement and through ancient woodland linking tracks abandoned in previous centuries and old shepherd trails.

There are sections of easy rock climbing and exposed abseils to negotiate and there are no permanent shelters or sources of water on the trail.  We bivouac on beaches and in caves perched high above an enticing and shimmering turquoise sea, and our food and water resupplies are either dropped by boat- the easiest access for this stretch of coastline or by jeep on difficult unpaved access tracks.  To enjoy this trail you should be physically fit, have a head for heights and an adventurous spirit- but this adventure will reward you like few others.

We base ourselves in the beautiful small town of Cala Gonone at the northern edge of the gulf of Orosei and our first two nights are spent here.  After a half-day of training in a local canyon where we revise abseiling skills we embark on a five day adventure along this wonderful and unique trail.  The original route finishes at Cala Sisine, but after a night on this idyllic beach we continue along a more established trail to another amazing beach Cala Luna.  We arrive here at midday, in time to enjoy a refreshing drink at the beach bar and go swimming before catching the boat-ride back to Cala Gonone for our final night.

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I have written a short article about a personal challenge to run the Selvaggio Blu trail which will give you more of an idea about the area and the terrain.  This can be found following the link here.

You need not worry though…  I also enjoy exploring this area at a more leisurely pace.  We will have plenty of time to relax and savour this very special and unique place.

 

I am very pleased to be working together with inversion and to make the Selvaggio Blu a regular part of my guiding work.  For more information or to join me on one of the forthcoming trips follow the link to inversion’s website.

New Trip:     Wild Canyons of the Supramonte

Sat 26th September to Sunday 04th October 2020

This is a brand new trip for 2020 that I have been planning and researching during my explorations of the Supramonte with friends and solo adventures.

It is a six day supported trek from a beautiful mountain lodge high above Oliena to the Orosei coastline close to Cala Sisine.  This journey links some of the most impressive and adventurous canyons of the Supramonte of Sardinia, taking in plenty of local culture and history along the way.  Our first and last days are in hotel-style accommodation but whilst on our wild adventure we will make camp in local shepherd huts, a campsite at the pass of Genna Silana and (depending on the weather) under canvass or out under the stars.

To enjoy this unforgettable adventure you need to be fit enough to carry a day-sack for 8-9 hours for six days.  You need to have a head for heights, have some previous experience abseiling, be sure footed and a heart open to adventure.  This is a journey where you can be both challenged and inspired and one that may very well make you fall in love with this remarkable island.

This is wilder, quieter and more challenging than the classic selvaggio blu trail; and an ideal trip for anyone who enjoyed that journey and is open to setting the adventure bar a little higher!

We descend in a series of spectacular abseils the canyons of Pentomas above the Lanaitho valley and part of the Flumineddu, which leads into the famous Gorropu Gorge; one of the deepest and most impressive gorges in Europe.  We have a chance to explore the important bronze-age cave settlement at Tiscali, nestled high in its protective cliffs above the Lanaitho valley, as well as seeing the remains of several prominent towers from the Nuraghic civilisation.

Later in our journey we camp high on the Supramonte plateau on the lip of another deep gorge which we descend using a famous shepherds passage which traverses a near verticle cliff-face at mid height called S’Istrada Longa.  Our journey culminates in  series of challenging abseils which allow entry to a hidden cave system through which we reach the sea.  Here we have one final choice… to make the journey home to Cala Gonone by sea-kayak or by boat- depending on the sea state and how much energy we have left! 🙂