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Fosso Pezzomara

Sometimes in autumn, winter or spring, rain falls down for days. The hills of Balzi di Grotti become completely wet, and water starts flowing through all the streams and canyons of Balzi area.

That's the right moment for going through canyon of Pezzomara, enjoing its water games and the rumble of waterfalls.
Canyon features 2 distinct narrow parts. You may descend only one if you prefer a lighter and shorter trail.

Beyond the wettest weeks Pezzomara gets dry, and water in its numerous pools becomes putrid.

Name Fosso Pezzomara
Area Lazio, Balzi di Grotti
Nearest village Casette (Rieti)
Entrance altitude (above sea level) 650 m
Exit altitude (above sea level) 400 m
Length 300 m - 600 m
Longest rappel 28 m
Rock Pudding-rock
Rating5 (winter, spring)
Shuttle No
Explored by Lower narrows: Michele Angileri, Annamaria Pinotti, Marzio Pistilli, Roberto Recchioni; september 1999.
Upper narrows: Giorgio Ecker, Valerio Carlin; spring 2000.


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We explored only the lower narrows of Pezzomara, the ones just before stream gets to the bottom of Salto valley. But Pezzomara has another narrow canyon upstream.
Upper narrows were found and explored by Giorgio Ecker and Valerio Carlin, members of Gruppo Torrentistico "Albatros". They went to descend lower narrows (the only known at that time), but they didn't find the right path to starting point. So they went up more than it was needed, and they arrived at the beginning of an unexplored canyon.

Sometimes canyons are found by chance.

Photos and video by Michele Angileri and Andrea Pucci

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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