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canyon exploring with Michele Angileri

Rio del Merro

few kilometers from Prenestini Mounts the rock is the same, so the streams have the same features. This is the case of Rio del Merro, a typical Prenestini canyon: few engaged (a lot of escape possibilities), much scrambling and many rappels. There's a difference, however: water flows in Rio del Merro, rather than the typycal Prenestini canyon.

Name Rio del Merro
Area Lazio, Monti Ruffi
Nearest village Saracinesco
Entrance altitude (above sea level) 750 m
Exit altitude (above sea level) 390 m
Length 1500 m
Longest rappel 18 m
Rock marl-limestone
Rating2 (winter)
Shuttle Indispensabile.
Explored by Michele Angileri, Renato Donati, Edoardo Malatesta, Antonio Sera; march 21st 2004


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Normally you can't see canyons of Balzi area from the outside, because they are hidden by woods and perspective. Your eyes see nothing more than a wooden valley, similar to thousands of valleys in Appennino. But sometimes a change in point of view may reveal a different reality.
These were my thoughts while following the path of Madonna dei Balzi, in the part facing Fosso della Mola ... From that point of view it was clear that Mola was not only a valley but a canyon to be explored.

Pictures 1 and 9 by Maurilio Caciotosto

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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