canyon exploring with Michele Angileri

Fosso di Pito (Rio Faete)

The limestones outcropping by Acquasanta Terme, in the Tronto valley, host the caves and the water network that supply the famous spa, but also they host some nice canyons like Rio Faete (a tributary of Rio Garrafo), better known as Fosso di Pito, from the name of a hamlet near the gorge.
It features a couple of very short but beautiful narrows, dug in horizontal layers of scaglia.

Name Fosso di Pito (Rio Faete)
Area Marche - Monti della Laga
Nearest village Acquasanta Terme
Elevation loss 115 m
Length 700 m
Highest cascade 18 m
Rock Limestone
Rating5
Shuttle No
Explored by G. Antonini, P. Grillantini; january 14 1989

 

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I remember ...

Barile canyon is the home of Sublime. The majestic landscape of Timpe is also a terrible scenery, dominated by the powerful and indifferent forces of Nature.

I remember my first time I went through the canyon. It was bottom-up. At the end of canyon there was an awful landslide: the lower part of a high wall had collapsed for 100 m in length and 40 m in height, while the upper part was still in place. The collapsing of lower part had left a horizontal roof, so the huge weight of the upper part was sustained by nothing! The view really scared me while I was scrambling on the sharp unstable boulders of landslide's conoid.
That day I also realized that a helmet was recommended for going through a canyon. While passing under the 200 m high overhanging wall of the Timpa at one point I heard very near rifle shots, and a sliver of stone touched my cheek. Of course there was no one shooting: it was the sound of stones falling on boulders after a 200 meters silent fall.

The next year I returned to Barile. The giant landslide roof was gone: had collapsed, along with everything that was above it.

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