canyon exploring with Michele Angileri
Vallone di Vècite
The Amalfi Coast is among the most famous places in Italy, but at the same time is among the less
known ones. This paradox is due to the strangeness of this unique place. It was a truly hard place to live but it was always
densely populated. Villages, homes and terrace fields rise in unbelievable corners. There are very few
roads, so most places can be reached only on foot, after a hard ascent on long stairway paths, or rocky trails.
And many many tourists come here, all to see the cathedral of Amalfi,
the alleys of Positano, the coast and nothing else. So a kilometer away from the coast all becomes silent and solitary
and unknown to tourism.
Beyond the little football stadium of Maiori the Valley of Vècite becomes wild. Woods cover the steep rocky sides. At the head of the valley high towers of rock besieged by the jungle, as in far Asia. Here flow the lush waterfalls of Vècite canyon. A lost world one kilometer away from the traffic of Maiori.
I remember ...
In canyon exploring is important to have reliable weather forecasts. An unknown canyon is the worst place to be while it rains heavily ... So Andrea and I start reading weather forecasts since 5 days before the trip, then we follow the evolution of weather and forecasts.
Yes: forecasts evolution. Because forecasts for sunday often change as sunday nears. The question is: which kind of
weather will be?
Sunday morning. Sky is clear, but clouds start forming soon. Rain arrives before noon. It's not a short shower, it rains continuously. Our last hour in the canyon was under the rain. Once at the car we change under the rain which doesn't stop. We leave Maiori driving under the rain. At Chiunzi pass we see it is raining everywhere in Campania!
Science of weather forecasts has much to learn, really. Andrea has thought about a method to obtain forecast
as reliable as italian air force forecasts, but much simpler. The result is the famous "head or tails" Pucci Method!
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