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Fosso Quaita

Fosso Quaita goes down to Salto lake in a nice sequence of cascade at the foot of the rock spur of Rocca Vittiana. Canyon is few-engaged and luxuriant.

Name Fosso Quaita
Area Lazio
Nearest village Varco Sabino
Elevation loss 165 m
Length 550 m
Highest cascade 42 m
Rock Travertine limestone
Shuttle Possible but not needed
Explored by Lower canyon: Michele Angileri; may 1 2014
Upper canyon: Michele Angileri; june 22 2014


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I remember ...

Many canyoning enthusiasts knew there was a canyon at the foot of Rocca Vittiana. I knew it for 20 years, since I came there during one of my reconnaissance days searching for new canyons to explore. That day I came to canyon's startpoint but there was only a little flow and the bed had a lot of spiny vegetation. Moreover it was clear that the canyon was short and few engaged, so I thought it was uninteresting.
Among the others who knew about the Quaita let me mention Giuseppe Antonini and his guidebook Figlie dell'acqua e del tempo, where he devotes a few lines to the Quaita (that he calls Guaida) placing it among the uninteresting canyons in Salto valley.
Occasionally someone asked me about the Quaita for knowing if I had been there and if it was interesting: I always answered "no" to both questions.

Years pass. One day the questions about Quaita came from my friend Claudio Fortunato. In the meanwhile I had started a revision of the tributaries of river Salto, and I had realized I might have been wrong in putting the Quaita among the totally uninteresting valleys.
So that time my answer was different: certainly it's not a great canyoning trail, but I guess it would be worth descending, maybe just for once. Since you are also interested we could go together!
Claudio says ok, even with some enthusiasm, but everytime I try to set a date for exploration something always happens preventing we from going. So months pass, I go on with my canyoning activity and the Quaita remains unexplored. Claudio looks sorry, and he tells me Michele, don't worry about me, go and explore by yourself! and I: no problem Claudio, I can wait for you to do it together! And months continued to pass ...
... till the day I found myself with a free day of unstable weather, not suitable for a challenging canyon: it's the perfect day for Quaita, I thought, and I know Claudio will not be disappointed, so ... Now!

Many canyoning enthusiasts knew there was a canyon at the foot of Rocca Vittiana ... but no one had realized the canyon starts above the village! I realized it while writing this webpage; looking at the topographic map something struck a bell inside my head, so I planned to go and check, sooner or later.
The chance came in late june. It was 16 PM when I verified the canyon was really there. I had the gear in my car and I did not let the opportunity pass, though late afternoon is all but the best moment for exploring a canyon ...
There was much less water than the first time, but enough for having fun!

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