canyon exploring with Michele Angileri

Torrente CÓllora - ramo destro (Fosso del Torrone)

The large green pools and the vigorous waterfalls (in the right season) of CÓllora creek are located a stone's throw from the houses of Roccamandolfi, at the bottom of a gorge which alternates narrow and wide, sunny parts.

The upper CÓllora is made of two branches. The main is the one at orographic left, but it's the right branch (called Fosso del Torrone) the most frequented one because of the very easy and short approach, and because the large pools and strong waterfalls are located after the confluence of the two branches.

Name Torrente CÓllora - ramo destro (Fosso del Torrone)
Area Molise, Monti del Matese
Nearest village Roccamandolfi
Elevation loss 140 m
Length 900 m
Highest cascade 10 m
Rock Limestone
Rating5
Shuttle Possible
Explored by G. Antonini, P. Santinelli, S. Mariani, S. Carnevali; august 20th 1999

 

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I remember ...

I happened on the Roccamandolfi bridge on October 31, during a short vacation with my wife. It was not by chance, no: I knew about the CÓllora gorge and wanted to take a look. And it was love at first sight, with the landscape and the beautiful shapes of the creek (seen from the bridge) that reminded me of the beloved gorges of the Melfa valley. My activity includes a few repetitions of known itineraries, but that gorge ... yes, I wanted to descend it.
We liked the village too: the view on Matese range, the valley disappearing at nightfall, the houses and alleys made of white stone, the window lights inside the Halloween pumpkins, the silence and serenity.

A couple of years later my friend Giorgio asked me to go to the CÓllora and I said "yes!"

Photos and video by Michele Angileri and Giorgio Ecker

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