canyon exploring with Michele Angileri
Fosso della Pasquarella
Canyon of Fosso della Pasquarella opens in the rocky hills between Baschi and Todi, where river Tevere tightens at
the bottom of Forello Gorge. All around the dense and spiny bush featuring the hills of Umbria makes this a wild and
solitary place, though very near to castles and villages.
I remember ...
Canyoneers are only a little part of those into some mountain sports, very few if compared to climbers, cavers and hikers. Moreover there are different ways to go canyoning, different approaches. In my opinion these can be divided into 4 kinds. Most canyoneers adopt one kind of approach, while others adopt different approaches in different contexts. Every canyoneer love canyon environment and wild nature in general, no matter the adopted approach.
I am 80% exploring and 20% tech-sporting canyoneer. As every canyoneer I am in deep love with canyons' beauty: waterfalls, emerald pools, dark meanders, ... but I feel also attracted by hidden places, by the unknown. So most canyon trails I do are through unknown canyons. No matter how much interesting the unknown canyon prooves to be under technical or sporting aspect it gives me satisfaction and amusement, because it's always a beautiful hard wild unknown environment: it was worth to discover and disclose.
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On the approach path to Fosso della Pasquarella we met a hunter.
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In this short chat with hunter you can find the true meaning of canyon exploring. We are where Man lives from millenniums, in Umbria. Amidst villages, farms and castles there's a wild unaccessible scary place. No one ever dared to go there. But today Man has the proper tools and (more important) he has new awareness of its relationship with the hardest environments, a new way to look at them, a new spirit. Hardest environments are no more places to avoid, to look from afar: people (canyoneers, climbers, cavers, ...) love and search for them, because the extraordinary things they can give to Man.
Exploring canyoneers are into this new stage of Man-Nature relationship. Each new canyon discovered is a little step of
a story that began at the dawn of mankind.
In my opinion the cultural and environmental value of canyon exploring puts the technical-sporting features of the canyon in the background.
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