canyon exploring with Michele Angileri
Fosso di Terelle
The big tall shape of Monte Cairo rises solitary above the valley of river Liri, higher than the surrounding mounts. South-western side (the one over Liri valley) is simple and steep, but the other parts of the mountain are really complex, featuring karst plateaus, valleys covered with forests, lower tops and big deep dolines looking like holes.
In karst areas water flows in the underground: that's why streams in Monte Cairo are usually dry. In fact some valleys
have water flowing no more, since millenniums I guess. However in Monte Cairo there are also a couple of nice canyons.
The longest one borders the whole north-western side of the mountain: it's the canyon of river Melfa. In wet seasons
kayakers go through it, finding rapids and narrows featuring large flow-rate.
I remember ...
Fosso di Terelle opens in a karst area. So it usually have no water flowing, because water is captured to the underground. It can have water flowing only in case of very heavy showers or during very wet seasons, when water saturates the ways to the underground.
Weather forecasts for sunday told of "sunny morning; little showers may happen in the afternoon". It could be
dangerous to be in a wet canyon, but we felt safe in Fosso di Terelle, also because it has many escape possibilities.
Shower ended in 35 minutes. All water got to the underground and we had no flash-flood to face. The sky turned blue
and we continued our descent through the canyon. All had been perfect, all had been ok.
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