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Fosso di Stipes (Fosso dei Vignaletti)

Very near to Turano dam, clearly visible from the village of Posticciola, a stream without name descends to river Torano coming from the countryside of Stipes. It is a few engaged canyon, from which you can exit at every point. In summer some flow remains, there are pools and a few beautiful waterfalls set in a pristine environment, home of the spectacled salamander (which lives only in the Appennines).
A waterfall is particularly beautiful, engaged under a nice stone arch.

Name Fosso di Stipes (Fosso dei Vignaletti)
Area Lazio, Valle del Turano
Nearest village Stipes (Rieti)
Entrance altitude (above sea level) 650 m
Exit altitude (above sea level) 500 m
Length 700 m
Longest rappel 22 m
Rock Limestone
Rating3 (winter, spring)
Shuttle No
Explored by About in 1994 I went through this few engaged canyon without ropes, avoiding waterfalls by exiting the canyon and re-entering at waterfall's bottom. In june 29th 2004 I went through this canyon again rappelling the waterfalls together with Paolo Forconi.


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My way of going through canyons changed with the years. So today I see canyons in a way that is different from it was some years ago. Now I can see a beautiful canyon where once I saw nothing interesting.

This happened with Fosso di Stipes. About in 1994 I discovered this few engaged canyon, and I did a sharp recognition, at the end of which I judged the canyon not interesting, simply because stream never encloses in narrows. But something remained in my head, and as the years passed I sometimes found myself thinking of that little canyon and the beautiful waterfall under the stone-arch. So one day I decided to go there again, with rope and wetsuit. And the Fosso di Stipes looked much different than the first time. My friend Paolo and I really liked the canyon, and the same happened to those who descended it in the following years.

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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