canyon exploring with Michele Angileri
Fosso di Follonata
The landscape of Tuscany hills, made of sweet and rounded shapes, tilled fields, small villages, winding and silent roads, woods, is
ideal for resting or doing bike tours or horseback riding, and it does not seem to have anything to offer to canyoneers.
In the surroundings of Semproniano, for example, compact limestone emerges forming rock steps on which seasonal torrents dig gorges.
Though short, they can be really harsh and offer interesting as unsuspected canyoning routes.
I remember ...
An unavoidable aspect of outdoor activities is dealing with weather conditions. The flow rate in a canyon depends not only on the current conditions but
also on the past days or weeks. A seasonal creek flows in wet seasons only, but this means you have to go there in a sunny day of an unstable, on average,
Weather forecasts for that day said "sunny, no rains". Once on the place I noticed that there was some clouds, rapidly evolving.
I began the descent. The forest on the steep sides of the valley hid the view of the sky almost completely.
Further on, there was a waterfall in a gorge, followed by a narrow. As soon as I was down I heard a loud thunder. A few seconds later it started to rain.
I stopped and looked around. The gorge was wide there, and I could certainly find shelter from a possible flood.
Moreover ... yes, from there I could climb and return to the top of the waterfall, and then go up the steep side of the valley and return to car.
That, in short, was a safe place. The gorge continued with a waterfall leading into a narrow ...
When I came out of the woods, I reached a ridge from which I could see the valley below and, finally, the sky. It was still raining.
Getting to Follonata was not easy (it never is), and I'm not just talking about the two hours drive that separated that place from home.
Now I was finally there, already completely wet, with nothing else to do on that day but turning back home.
So I sat down on a rock and waited, enjoying the spectacle of rain falling on everything and on me.
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