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Lacerno Superiore

Upper Lacerno is quite different from Lower: less narrow, much longer, far, tiring and slippery, and it has much less water because it developes above Lacerno springs (so it gets dry in summer). This makes Upper Lacerno a very little frequented canyon, with only a few descents over the years. If it were not for some water intakes and for the rubber pipes that run through many parts of the canyon, the feeling of remoteness and isolation offered by this gorge would be really strong.

Descent can be concatenated to the wonderful Lower Lacerno, thus making a very long and demanding, but also very satisfying canyoning route.

Name Lacerno Superiore
Area Lazio Meridionale
Nearest village Pescosolido
Elevation loss 340 m
Length 1800 m
Highest cascade 23 m
Rock Limestone
Shuttle No
Explored by ASR'86 caving team: 1988-1990


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I remember ...

In Lazio in the eighties, very few people knew the meaning of the word "canyoning". Moreover they thought that canyons were very uncommon places, all far from Rome. Lazio was considered a good land for caving, hiking and forgotten ancient remains, not for canyoning.

In the eighties the ASR '86 caving team (born in 1986!) did caving researches off the beaten areas. Their members was not involved in caving only: their interests range from hiking to climbing, archaeology, mountaineering, nature travels ... This wide interests range make them aware of some unknown canyon hidden between the hills of Lazio. So they explored the first canyons ever explored in Lazio: Lacerno, Riancoli, Ravi, ...

Giorgio Pintus and Tullio Dobosz were the team members most interested in canyoning. In the nineties Dobosz did other canyon explorings (some in partnership with me) and repeated few known canyoning trails in Appennino. He is among the authors of the first guide-book ever published on canyons of Central Italy: "Gole e Canyons dell'Italia Centrale".

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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