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Fosso Cantalupo

Below the height of 1000 meters ASL, the sweet western side of Sabini Mounts is covered by dense mediterranean bush. The ancient paths and trails drawn millenniums ago by shepherds and loggers suffer aggression by the bush, which tries to reoccupy every corner, every spot. Paths can survive the attack only if someone cuts the bush at paths' sides as it's growing. An abandoned path or trail is doomed to be eaten by the bush in a few years.
As ancient paths and trails disappear Man looses the deep ancient knowledge of the mountain. In a couple of decades mountain becomes wild again.

Canyon of Fosso Cantalupo opens in one of these wild spots of Sabini Mounts. It goes through different types of rock: white limestone, pink limestone and flysch. So its parts have different shapes and colours, depending on rock.

A nice canyoning trail in a solitary place.

Name Fosso Cantalupo
Area Umbria, Monti Sabini
Nearest village Finocchieto (fraz. Stroncone)
Entrance altitude (above sea level) 630 m
Exit altitude (above sea level) 360 m
Length 1700 m
Longest rappel 15 m
Rock Limestone, pink marl-limestone, flysch
Rating3 (winter, spring)
Shuttle No
Explored by Michele Angileri, Andrea Pucci; january 17th 2009


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I remember ...

I guess it's due to wrong "white balance" ...
A picture made by a digital camera it's not a simple copy of the scenery in front of camera lenses. It's made by a microprocessor, which analyzes the image with the aim to make it better, more similar to the real scenery. One of the things done by camera's microprocessor is to search for a preponderant colour, usually due to the light. If detected, preponderant colour is eliminated from the picture, so that natural "true" colours can appear in photograph as they would be under white light.

The trouble comes when preponderant colour is not due to light, but it really belongs to the objects in the scene. If most objects are pink, camera's microprocessor will make they look white (or so) in the picture.
That's why rock looks white in many photographs of Fosso Cantalupo. They are pink, instead! wonderful pink rock.

Next time I will try manual setting the white balance. I would like to show you that unusual pink environment.

Photographs in this website show ultralight ropes (6 mm ropes made of high tenacity fibers). Read multimedia book Ultralight ropes canyoning technique to learn how to use them.

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