canyon exploring with Michele Angileri
Risorgenza degli Ausi
The whole water of Lepini, Ausoni and Aurunci mounts flows underground, given the nature of these karst massifs located in the south
of Lazio, overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea.
The Ausi cave is a resurgence from which sees the light an ever-flowing stream that has run approximately 1 km of nice tunnels inside a modest hill in the countryside of Prossedi. With no technical difficulties, the cave requires getting wet to the pelvis, so a wetsuit is needed.
I remember ...
In my opinion, the way cavers live caving activity suffers from excessive ambition to seriousness (which is different from seriousness itself). Speleology is, by its nature, strongly characterized by the research and exploration, but I think these aspects are generally lived in an exaggerated way: the activity carried out by caving groups too often tends to neglect the aesthetic-playful-sport elements, IMHO. The beauty of an underground environment, its "alien" nature or the distance from the outside world (measured in hours of progression required to reach it) are considered of secondary importance if compared to the existence of the cave itself and the depth reached. So the caves being explored are too often horrible casings that penetrate into the mountain without ever reaching aesthetically acceptable dimensions, places in which progression is exhausting, places that in case of accident (even light one) turn out to be death traps, with bottlenecks that need to be artificially enlarged to let you pass.
But there are also beautiful and easy caves like the Ausi resurgence, affordable for everyone and even with a slight taste of canyoning. The paradox is that these beautiful and easy caves are also neglected, because they are considered unattractive on the exploration and technical terms, or perhaps, who knows, for that slight taste of canyoning, due to the presence of a stream that forces cavers to get wet.
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