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canyon exploring with Michele Angileri

Canale del Forno

The few tributary valleys of the great Fiumara Saraceno having some interest to canyoneer offer technically simple itineraries that develop in a beautiful, special and absolutely non-trivial environment. It is worth ging through them, at least once, maybe beginning with Canale del Forno, in spring or in a rainy season, when the water jets of the falls have more energy.

Name Canale del Forno
Area Calabria - Pollino
Nearest village Albidona
Elevation loss 290 m
Length 2 km
Highest cascade 12 m
Rock Marl, flysch
Shuttle No
Explored by Bottom-up: Antonio Larocca, Domenico Napoli; early nineties


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I remember ...

I did the first canyoning descent of Canale del Forno with an unusually numerous team, made of people (Armando Nuzzone, Tonino Pagliaro, Roberto Recchioni, Stefano Rossi) I had involved in a little exploration campaign of Saraceno's tributaries. Their vertical drop and length made them very attractive, but we had to discover they had only a little interest, very much easier than I had thought. The exploration campaign was overall disappointing, and even the weather conditions were, allowing us to do only two descents (one and a half, to say the truth!).

For years I kept the memory of Canale del Forno with the other uninteresting streams that I had explored (at that time I didn't know it had been explored yet by Nino Larocca and Micuzzo Napoli, bottom-up, without leaving any trace). One day, however, other canyoneers re-explored the Canale del Forno obtaining an opposite, enthusiastic impression. Their photographs on facebook, awakened in me the desire to descend the Canale again. I waited for the right chance and I did it. That time I had no "exploration performance anxiety", and the Forno gave me a nice canyoning trail, even demanding, in an environment of absolute beauty.

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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