canyon exploring with Michele Angileri
Mancusella di Droma
The granite massif of Serre is furrowed by numerous canyons featuring high flow-rates. The approach trails are often long and complex. Dense forests cover the uninhabited summit plateau and its flanks.
Mancusella di Droma is among the little tributaries of river Stilaro, whose main branches, the Folea and Ruggiero, dig interesting canyoning trails. Folea is the one which makes the famous Marmarico waterfalls, one of the most interesting natural monuments in southern Calabria.
The Mancusella has a little drainage basin and so, in summer, the flow-rate isn't large, and gives no problems to canyoneers. I guess Mancusella can be covered also in wet seasons. Mancusella features a few short narrows, with cascades and pools, interspersed with long wider parts where you must walk on the unstable granite stones, or downclimb the boulders. The descent of Mancusella canyon requires little technical skills and much physical effort. Moreover, the shuttle route is long, and the approach trail is long and complex.
I don't think Mancusella di Droma will ever be among the most frequented canyons in Serre massif.
I remember ...
For that day we had 3 options.
You know: unexplored canyons attract us more than known ones ... So we opted for Stilaro's tributary, the Mancusella di Droma.
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