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canyon exploring with Michele Angileri

Fosso Pietranzano

The nice Pietranzano canyon cuts the pink limestone layers at the eastern side of Monti Martani.

Name Fosso Pietranzano
Area Umbria
Nearest village Spoleto
Entrance altitude (above sea level) 490 m
Exit altitude (above sea level) 420 m
Length 900 m
Longest rappel 5 m
Rock Pink-red limestone
Shuttle No
Explored by Michele Angileri, Andrea Pucci; february 21st 2012


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Autumn 2011 and winter 2012 was very very dry, so most canyons had no water flowing. I had located some canyons to be explored, but I was waiting for some flow-rate to go through those canyons at their best. I kept waiting and winter was going to pass, and rain was keeping far from Central Italy.

On february, unexpected, came the snow. A lot of snow, so much snow to cripple villages and towns, to cause damages to the electricity network, aqueducts, roads, ... 60 years had passed since a snowfall like this!
As soon as snow was mostly melted I thought it was the right moment to start exploring in central Italy. My first target was the nice short narrows of Fosso Pietranzano.
Once at the place, however, I noticed the big snowfall wasn't enough to fill the water deficit and end the drought. Pietranzano had very little flow-rate only in its first part while in the second part it had pools but no flow at all.

The following weeks confirmed what I had seen in Pietranzano: the water from melting snow ended quickly and streams turned dry again.

Photographs in this website show ultralight ropes (6 mm ropes made of high tenacity fibers). Read multimedia book Ultralight ropes canyoning technique to learn how to use them.

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