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canyon exploring with Michele Angileri

Rio Cupone

By the coast of southern Lazio there are tall mountains made of hard limestone. But here waters flow in giant networks of karst caves. Very few water flows on the surface, so you find very few streams and no canyons.

Canyon of Rio Cupone is the first canyon found here, maybe the only canyon in Aurunci Mounts. An easy, short canyon in a beautiful truly mediterranean environment.

Name Rio Cupone
Area Lazio, Monti Aurunci
Nearest village Spigno Saturnia (Latina)
Entrance altitude (above sea level) 290 m
Exit altitude (above sea level) 180 m
Length 700 m
Longest rappel 15 m
Rock Limestone
Rating2 (spring) - 3 (winter)
Shuttle Possible. Can do without.
Explored by Michele Angileri, Paolo Forconi; december 2nd 2004.


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I remember ...

Work, family, business ... life on fast tracks, no time to think, too tired to reflect, to plan, even to dream. But today is thursday and I'm free from work and weather is good.
8,30, where could I go? not so far, it's late. To do ... what? something easy? very easy?
alone? yes alone! people are at work, everybody ... but Paolo! let's take the phone ...

Hello Michele, how are you? Are you going to tell me to go in a canyon, right?
I couldn't ask for better! I have something very easy in southern Lazio, by Formia ...
Aurunci Mounts? it's far, don't you think it's late?
I guess we have enough time to do it. Can you be here at 10?
Ok! 10 o'clock.

And it's 10,30 when we start to drive the 200 km separating us from Spigno Saturnia ...

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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