canyon exploring with Michele Angileri
Gole del Tronto
The peoples who settled on the Italian peninsula in ancient times had to find paths to overcome the mountain ranges that make up its ridge.
Sometimes the shortest and most comfortable routes were gorges of rivers and streams, but since in a gorge there is only room for the watercourse,
to create paths or roads they had to dig sections of them in the rock, or build artificial ledges supported by walls .
Thus the widenings in Tronto gorges could be colonized and villages arose, reachable thanks to the Via Salaria, whose only alternative was constituted by long and steep paths up and down the mountains. And still today it is like this: to go from Quintodecimo to Acquasanta or from Favalanciata to Trisungo, wether on foot or by car, you have to take the Via Salaria, because in the Tronto gorges the only viable way is that ... or the river itself, canyoning style.
I remember ...
The exploration in a sporting sense of the river gorges of central Italy is due to kayakers, who go through them especially in periods of flood.
Canyoneers don't go through this kind of gorges (at least not yet).
Over the years there has actually been some sporadic descent on foot of some part of the gorges: for example, the part from Quintodecimo to Acquasanta was covered about
twenty years ago by the local speleological association (perhaps in search of caves), while in 2020 the Favalanciata-Quintodecimo section was traveled by a rescue team
searching for a missing person ...
A complete sporting descent canyoning style (the one in which, to be clear, you have fun being carried away by the current, swimming in pools and canals, climbing or
abseiling down the falls) had never been done before.
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