canyon exploring with Michele Angileri
Fosso di Morrone Pizzuto
Morrone Pizzuto is a tall limestone spire that emerges from the woods on Lake Turano's southern shore, like a tusk on the muzzle of a wild boar.
The area in which it stands is difficult to access: the steep, rocky slopes are covered with dense forest and thorny bush, there are no paths, and the lake prevents accessing from
I remember ...
There are several possible types of canyon exploration. Let's see them.
Descending a creek featuring cascades and pools it is called exploration if no one ever descended it before. Usually the news of the descent is given to the community of canyoneers.
Sometimes it happens finding anchors on the edge of the falls of an unknown, undocumented canyon: they are the proof of a previous canyoning descent, so the right word is re-exploration. You may define "re-exploration" also descending a canyon of whom there are only vague and inaccurate reports.
If you descend a canyon in conditions other than those documented by the explorers you are doing a "first": "first descent in water conditions" if the canyon was explored when dry, "first canyoning descent" if the exploration was done by avoiding most falls and pools, ...
Finally there is disexploration ...
Fosso di Morrone Pizzuto was disexplored in January 2008 by my friends the Zorri team.
To deceive them was not only the choice to go bottom-up but also the circumstance of being in a particularly dry winter. The lake level was about ten meters lower than normal, so
the Zorri could arrive at canyon's mouth by walking on a usually submerged shore.
The drought allowed them to go through the canyon without getting wet, and climb falls 3 to 7 meters high thanks to the very good grip of tufa that covers them.
Moreover the creek flows for the most part in a valley that allows avoiding the falls by walking/climbing on the sides (in some case it is so easy that you usually do it even
Ten years later I did a systematic exploration of all the creeks on south side of Lake Turano, but still I didn't go to "Fosso Angileri", because the Zorri had showed in their web page that it was uninteresting. I realized that I had made a mistake in trusting the Zorris only when Paolo De Santis (who knew nothing about the "Fosso Angileri") descended the creek canyoning-style in good water conditions, and made some good video clips. "It is a nice canyoning route in a beautiful, wild environment", he told me. I could not believe that Paolo's videos and Zorri's photographs showed the same place ...
When I finally went to "Fosso Angileri" I found myself completely in agreement with Paolo.
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