canyon exploring with Michele Angileri
Fosso La Selva
The eruptions of volcanoes of Latium, which reached their maximum some hundred thousand years ago, were mostly explosive eruptions, with
low emission. Huge pyroclastic flows covered western Latium, and this happened several times, thus building the Tuscia plateau. It is made of thick layers
of tuff interspersed by layers of sediments, witness of the time elapsed between the various eruptive phases.
The result of all this are the canyons of Tuscia, places of great naturalistic value, also rich in history witnesses of the Etruscan and pre-Roman civilizations (tagliate, necropolis, bridges, sanctuaries, ruins) ... but without any interest for canyoning. Only a couple of canyoning trails are known in all the wide volcanic area of Latium, and one of them is Fosso La Selva. It is near the beautiful village of Calcata, that once was a big town of Faliscans called Narce. It's a canyon with very little technical difficulties, but it's tight, dark, luxuriant, surrounded by the extraordinary environment of Treia canyon.
I remember ...
It was my friend Alberto Graia the first who wanted to descend the Fosso La Selva. To get it, he had to find a way for placing anchors in the tender tufa (glued anchors were not known at that time). He found a good solution, at last.
30 years have passed and his anchors are still in place and in good conditions!!
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