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Canale del Mezzinare

A few kilometers befor getting into Tirreno Sea, river Lao receives the clear waters of Argentino creek, the richest among Lao tributaries. The valley of Argentino is one of the jewels of Pollino National Park, maybe the wildest area in Calabrian mountains, featuring lush dense forests and tall rock peaks and walls

Canale del Mezzinare is a tributary of Argentino river. Though it flows very near Canale di Campolungo it is very different. It has a little basin so it drains little water and its bed is not washed by floods. It has no narrows, and few rappels have to be done to go through it. The great part of descent is done by hiking and downclimbing in the bottom of a steep valley.

Name Canale del Mezzinare
Area Calabria, valle dell'Argentino
Nearest village Orsomarso
Entrance altitude (above sea level) 590 m
Exit altitude (above sea level) 120 m
Length 1200 m
Longest rappel 42 m
Rock Limestone
Rating2 (summer)
Shuttle Possible. Can do without.
Explored by Michele Angileri, Giuseppe Antonini, Huub Pistoor, Paola Santinelli, Stefano Schembri; august 20th 2005


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Maybe I was a bit spoilt. It was by Lao's fault: its valley had given me too many great days exploring. Results had been always more than I expected. But this one was much less then I expected, and I thought the time had come to begin searching for canyons in a different area.

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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