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Fosso La Ferge

Fosso La Ferge goes down Cambio mountain alternating narrows and open parts in the beautiful forest of Vallonina.

Name Fosso La Ferge
Area Lazio
Nearest village Leonessa
Entrance altitude (above sea level) 1700 m
Exit altitude (above sea level) 1200 m
Length 2300 m
Longest rappel 12 m
Rock Limestone
Shuttle Possible
Explored by Giancarlo Cicconi, Daniele Colucci, Alberto Del Grande, Cesare Di Cecco; february 14 2002 (bed covered with snow)
First canyoning descent: Michele Angileri, Andrea Pucci; september 9 2013


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The first exploration of Fosso La Ferge was made by Cicconi, Colucci, Di Cecco and Del Grande in winter conditions. It was quite different from usual canyon explorations: the bed of upper canyon was hidden under a thick layer of snow that hid the smaller cascades or make them much higher. So the report published by Giancarlo Cicconi does not match the real morphology of the canyon: for example, Cicconi reports a 40 meters rappel while the highest fall is only 12 meters! In addition, the snow allowed them to progress with crampons. For all these reasons they didn't place any bolts or artificial anchors, while they are needed in summer conditions.
Moreover, in final narrows Cicconi & C. found pools made by dams created by little avalanches. They avoided them by climbing the side of canyon and traversing high above the narrows. They looked at the narrows from above, so their report is inaccurate for final narrows too. And also here we had to place bolts or we could not rappel.

In conclusion: the exploration in winter conditions was not a usual canyon exploration. It was rather a kind of advanced reconnaissance.

Video by Michele Angileri e Andrea Pucci

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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