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canyon exploring with Michele Angileri

Fosso di San Simeone

Fosso di San Simeone (no name on IGM maps) takes its name from an ancient monastery ("convento") built on one side of the valley. Water flows in it only in case of heavy showers or melting snow. Canyon of San Simeone features cascades and narrows, in the bottom of a beautiful mediterranean valley.

Name Fosso di San Simeone
Area Umbria, Monti Sabini
Nearest village Stroncone (Terni)
Entrance altitude (above sea level) 600 m
Exit altitude (above sea level) 440 m
Length 1000 m
Longest rappel 26 m
Rock Limestone
Shuttle No
Explored by G.S. Stroncone; 1995


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The old cord loops and the rusted hangers witnessed someone had gone through the canyon in past years. Unlike other dry canyons in the area (though shorter, easier and less interesting) the news of this route was not widespread: had been known only to the small circle of the explorers. So for us that was in effect an exploration, where we had to replace most of the anchors, unreliable because the flow of time.

In the latter part of canyon, we found no anchors at all: the explorers had apparently gone out first, through the path that leads to the nearby monastery of San Simeone.

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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