canyon exploring with Michele Angileri
Burrone di Carfizzi
Hidden among the folds of rolling hills covered with woods and cultivated fields, the Burrone di Carfizzi is a way that leads into the heart of wildest Earth, primitive and grand.
A Nature's absolute masterpiece.
I remember ...
It had been 10 years since I first set foot in this unexpected and extraordinary world of hidden gorges and ravines carved into the tender rocks of
Carfizzi, San Nicola dell'Alto and Melissa. From the beginning it was clear to me that some of those narrow canyons had waterfalls, that could be interesting
canyoning routes. The problem was: how to set belays for rappelling the cascades?
In that "rock" a little more compact than pressed soil, the usual expansion bolts were certainly unusable, and the same was true for pitons.
Could I try the exploration trusting on the presence of trees or other kinds of natural anchors, or sporadic compact rock suitable for bolting, or some makeshift anchors?
Years passed. From time to time I thought back to that kind of rock and those canyons trying to imagine an efficient and safe anchoring system.
I finally found a possible solution. Of course, I had to verify on the ground that kind of anchors before doing the exploration.
I did it at Christmas together with Saverio Talerico, a guy from Rossano who had contacted me some months before to share his passion for the creeks of Sila Greca.
Since to best way to know an actual or potential canyoneer is going with him to a canyon, I invited him to come to Carfizzi.
The weather then worsened (as always at Christmas). We explored upper Carfizzi canyon a few months later and, yes, the unexplored part turned out to be even more spectacular than I had imagined.
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