canyon exploring with Michele Angileri
The Canyon of Raganello is among the greatest and more interesting natural phenomena
featuring the Pollino National Park. The canyon is made of two separate parts. The first is called
Gola di Barile, the second Gola del Raganello. Both have their way amidst giant rocky mountains
Canale Mancosa is the main vertical tributary of Barile canyon.
It reaches the dark corridor of Barile with a dangerous 80 meters cascade, most of which is on a steep inclined plane. The great cascade is preceded by a
sequence of smaller waterfalls.
I remember ...
Redezvous was at 8 AM, but once in San Lorenzo Bellizzi my friend Lorenzo wasn't at the place. He was still sleeping! I went his home to wake him up, but thing wasn't quite easy ... Lorenzo used to sleep hard, even when awake ... He is sooo cool! Breakfast and backpack preparation take 3 full hours!!
It is 11,30, finally we start to go up the path of Scala di Barile. Lorenzo asks me if path would scare me because it has an exposed part ... When in exposed part I estabilish it doesn't scare me. It will some years after, maybe because I will be more aware of dangers, maybe less entrained and accustomed ...
I planned to descend the whole stream, even the first engaged part. We get the starting point at 2 PM. From that point we speed up, at last! We arrive soon to last rappels. We do 3 rappels to descend the great waterfall, because our rope is only 75 meters.
At 6 PM we are inside Barile Canyon. It will be dark in one hour or so, and we have no lamps. We had to run in Barile, as fast as possible, but we knew the place and all ended good.
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