Rio Alba

Wide gorge with discontinuous pace and without big difficulties; remarkable environment and pure water.


Difficulty: v3 a3 III
Period: may to october
Length: about 3,5 km
Alt. Difference: 360 meters (720-360)
Rope descents: about 7, higher 20 meters
Bolts: very good - 2000
Duration: 15' access + 3h descent
Shuttle: 6 km
Equipment: 1 rope 60 mt long


WARNING! Artificial dam over the canyon.

lower: leave highway Udine - Tarvisio at the exit of Carnia/Tolmezzo and head for Moggio Udinese. Once at the village of Moggio turn right towards Ovedasso and then leave the car near the bridge over the Rio Alba, between Moggio and Ovedasso.
upper: from Moggio reach the hamlet of Pradis and then take the road to Drentus and Virgulins. Do not follow the diversions for these two hamlets and go on rising steeply until a road on the right which leads to the "casera Vualt" (indication on a wall, there is also a little sign with the faded writing "Rio Alba"). Take this road, no more asphalted after a few meters, and follow it until a 180 bend on the left, with a concrete bed, from which starts a track going into the wood; park the car.

Approach: follow the path inside the wood and pass over a first junction, going on the left road. After a few minutes, 30 meters before a left turning bend on a embankment, an unmarked but evident path goes down on the right (attention, it's easy to see the path rising along the road but very it is difficult while going down). Take this path leading steeply to the dyke on the Rio Alba, flanked by a with blue railing, and once at the dam go down on the right bank along the grassy slope leading to he water.

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