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Vertical caving tour in the quarries of Gerfalco (GR)

Vertical caving tour in the quarries of Gerfalco (GR)

Duration
5 hours

Difficulty
Medium

Cancellation
Strict

Participants
From 1 to 4

Highlights

  • Descend to a depth of 20 metres in the quarries of the Montieri Archaeology and Mining Park, together with an expert guide.
  • Discover the mysteries of the underground, bone remains, limestone formations and minerals typical of these areas.
  • Live an exciting experience, preparing for the rope descent and ascent.

Your guide

N.
Simone N.

I am an Environmental Equestrian and Hiking Guide by profession. Since 1996 I have been involved in hiking and accompanying groups and individuals in nature in various ways.

Activity available in
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Full description

If you are attracted by the secrets of the underground and subjects such as geology and speleology fascinate you, don't miss the opportunity to explore the Gerfalco quarries in the Montieri Archaeo-mineral Park in the province of Grosseto.

Using a harness and ropes, you will abseil vertically to a depth of 20 metres to explore the bottleneck quarries, which open up from narrow passages into wider basins containing mineral debris, fossils and bone remains.

An experienced guide will accompany you, carefully following you on both the descent and ascent routes to ensure your safety. The rest will be afascinating adventure to discover the darker side of the earth!

What we will do

We will meet at 10 a.m. in Montieri, in the province of Grosseto. The guide will welcome us at his country estate and prepare us for all the stages of the activity. First we will have a briefing on the use of the harness, ropes and safety knots, which will be very useful when we descend into the quarries.

This will be followed by apractical exercise on an artificial wall and in the trees. The guide will make us simulate the descent and climbing movements in order to understand what our level is, so that we can prepare ourselves in case we need additional support when abseiling.

After about two hours of theoretical and practical preparation, we will have a quick lunch. You can have a packed meal or buy food locally. Then we will drive (only the guide's vehicle may be used) to the hamlet of Gerfalco, where the bottleneck quarries are located. Given the small size of the passages, we will descend one at a time accompanied by the guide.

Inside the quarries we will be able to observe the limestone form ations that are reforming after the mining activity that has characterised these areas for decades. We will stay as long as necessary to explore all the ramifications from the underground basins. We will observe mineral debris, bone remains and may encounter some bats living in the depths. But don't worry, they are harmless animals!

The activity lasts four to five hours in total. At the end we will be taken back to the meeting point.

Who it is aimed at

This activity is at an intermediate level. No experience is required, but it is necessary to have a minimum of training and physical fitness to tackle the rope climb. Participation is possible from the age of 14 .

Other information

The activity takes place throughout the year and is confirmed upon reaching at least 2 people.

Recommended clothing

Sportswear and high walking shoes (to protect the ankles)

Don't forget to bring

Water bottle

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What is included

  • Guide
  • Helmet
  • Headlamp
  • Harness
  • Strings
  • Food and Drink

How it works

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  1. 1
    Send a booking request

    We will only pre-authorise the payment

  2. 2
    Receive confirmation within 48 hours

    In case of confirmation, you will be charged the cost of the activity

  3. 3
    Live your experience

    Enjoy the activity and let us know how it was!

  1. 1
    Buy a gift voucher

    Valid 12 months from the date of purchase

  2. 2
    Choose your preferred date

    Get in touch with the guide with the contact details on the voucher and choose the day for the activity

  3. 3
    Live your experience

    Enjoy the activity and let us know how it was!

Meeting point
Montieri, Grosseto

Exact location provided after booking

Frequently asked questions

What happens in case of bad weather?

In case of weather conditions that do not allow to carry out the activity safely, you will get a full refund. The guide may propose you an alternative date or time to reschedule the activity. You can freely choose whether or not to accept these proposals. If you cannot reschedule it, we will process a full refund!

If I cancel the reservation, can I get a full refund?

For this activity, the cancellation policy is strict. You get a full refund if you cancel within 15 days from the activity start date. Within 14 and 8 days from the activity start date you will get a 50% refund. You can find the full policies in the Cancellation Policy section.

What measures are implemented to prevent COVID-19?

All activities on Freedome strictly follow regulations issued at national, regional and federal levels. Sports associations and freelancers commit to carry out activities in full compliance with such regulations, sanitize equipment and environments, and limit their maximum capacity.
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