Sunday, August 1, 2010

Orrido di Botri

This is a strange gorge near Bagni di Lucca in Tuscany in the Garfagnana.

The walk involves mostly wading up a mountain stream until the first part of the gorge. Then as it had rained the night before, the walk then involved wading almost up to my waist through the first narrow stretch. which is just four metres wide.

The first narrows- Guadina

Out of the guadina.

Then onto the Prigioni which are the second narrows which are wider, so one gets less wet.

The Prigioni

Then it is quite easy to arrive at the Salto di Becchi.

Salto di Becchi

The the going gets interesting where one must cling onto a rope to edge along the rocks each side of the stream.

Section with ropes
The Guadina

It also rains down from the sides
Back into the Guadina

Thank goodness I took my monopod which doubled up as a walking stick on the sometimes slippery rocks and made taking photographs (even the 17-55 2.8 needed high ISO hand held)  possible in the gloom of the gorge.

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