canyon exploring with Michele Angileri

Forra di Morcone (Torrente San Marco)

The Samnites were the first to build a fortified village on that rocky hill on the eastern slopes of the Matese Range, and since then the village grew and was inhabited for millennia, with the name of Morcone. It is a perfect place to live and prosper, overlooking fertile hills rich in water, defended on the southern side by the narrow gorge where of San Marco creek, whose perennial waters can supply energy to the mills ...
... but also fun and beauty to those who, equipped with wetsuits and ropes, want to go down the waterfalls and swim through the pools of Morcone Narrows.

Name Forra di Morcone (Torrente San Marco)
Area Campania, Monti del Matese
Nearest village Morcone
Elevation loss 105 m
Length 600 m
Highest cascade 30 m
Rock Limestone
Shuttle Possible
Explored by Michele Angileri; march 17th 2019


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I remember ...

I know, I need a bit of canyoning in the weekend to send away a bit of the great work-related stress of this wearing year. But when the canyon is 3 hours drive from home (so 6 hours of driving overall) and the days are not so long and therefore I have to get up early, I have some doubts. And when I feel a slight headache that becomes stronger and stronger as I walk through the canyon, the doubt risks turning into the belief that this time I would have better done something simple near my home ...
I guess I have to buy a pill (it is Sunday: where is the nearest open pharmacy?). And I have another 3 hours drive (if there isn't too much traffic) waiting for me ...

At home I look at the photos and relive the various moments of the descent ... The headache passed and the sensations remain: the embrace of water, the gaze that turns looking for an anchor point, the attention not to lose balance on that slippery rock, the sound of jumping down water ...
And I realize that next Sunday I'll be back there, in another canyon, another adventure.

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