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.
Fiumarella Nocequadrato digs a small canyon while descending into Fiume Lese. Not deep nor tight, however rope is needed many times to go through. Descent is perfect in wet season (october to may), when water falls down the cascades, and there are pools to be crossed by swimming. A pleasant canyoning trail through granite rock surrounded by mediterranean bush.
I remember ...
My friends Pino and Paola love the mountains of southern Italy. They come here as soon as they can. They would like
to know everything about these places, and Pino is writing a book on canyons of southern Italy (the first ever
written on this topic). But they come here with a sharp list of things to do: here today, tomorrow we'll go there
for a canyon, then we'll move to that place to give a look to a couple of valleys, then ...
So here we are again, waiting today's late-comer. We don't worry, because the day is long, we are fast, and the canyon looks easy. We might have trouble in getting the river bed, because we don't know the right way, but once there all goes well and fast, with Pino downclimbing the dry waterfalls, Paola climbing to have nothing but her feet wet, and me placing bolts to descend waterfalls and having more than feet wet (it's hot in august here!).
Canyon is nice, but it would be beautiful in winter, when cascades have water falling down ...
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