canyon exploring with Michele Angileri
In Calabria the mountains of Sila are different from the rest of Appennino. They have sweet
shapes and forms covered by pine forests. The higher parts (1300 meters above sea level) are almost flat, and here
pieces of the forest were cut to make space to farms an to artificial lakes made for hydroelectric purpose.
On a red pudding mesa dominating the bay and the plain of Sibari rises the little city of Rossano. Founded
by the Enotrians around 11th century BC, it has gone through all man's history in this land: the Greeks, Roman Empire ...
Then Rossano became one of the main towns of Byzantines: that age is witnessed by monasteries, churches and the
famous Codex Purpureus
In a far, solitary valley amidst Sila forests flows Torrente Colognati. Its waterfalls and the numerous deep emerald pools give canyoneers a charming, beautiful, satisfying descent.
I remember ...
Rope got stuck on the highest waterfall. The anchor tree was in the wrong place, and we realized only when recovering double rope. We had to pull a lot, making waves on rope, making rope oscillating in resonance. We got it at last, but it was really hard, and we learned that sometimes is better to place a bolt even if there is a big tree near the edge of the waterfall.
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