Author Topic: ULSA (Student) trip - Lake Como/Ticino Italy/Switzerland recommended canyons?  (Read 284 times)

Offline blhall195

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Hi,

We're planning a two week trip to Lake Como (Italy) and Ticino (Switzerland) .

Looking for canyons that are relatively technically easy (grade v3a3 or lower).

We've bought Simon flowers book which is great for canyons that are a bit harder but are not suited to everyone on the trip.

Does anyone know of any relatively easy / decent canyons in these areas for beginners, the type newbie tourists would pay to go on?

Or if anyone could point us in the direction of any good websites/books for obtaining canyon information that would be grand!

We've already looked around these ones:

http://www.verticalwatercanyoning.com/profili/italia/
http://canyon.carto.net/cwiki/pub/openlayers/Canyonkarte.html
http://www.swisscanyon.ch/canyons/descrittivi/
http://www.guidelariogrigne.it/it/canyoning
http://www.topocanyons.info/usuarios/acceso_mensaje.php
http://www.map-erlebnis.de/canyoning-topo/

Many thanks,

Brendan Hall

Offline Beardy

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Shouldn't you guys be caving?

This one is in the area and looks really good

http://www.divonasperi.it/divona/tam/ambiente/amb-all/zelbio/grotte_Tivano.pdf

Beardy

Offline reforma

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http://www.descente-canyon.com/canyoning/

this was very good although its in French

Offline blhall195

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Thanks will have a look at those  :)

Offline Jack Hare

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Hi Brendan,

Four of us from ICCC went to the Como/Ticino area in 2014. We used Simon Flowers' book, and you can find our trip report here: https://union.ic.ac.uk/rcc/caving/articles/switzerland-2014-09-14.html

Note that Simon's book is often quite badly wrong, either because the local guides have chopped and replaced bolts in different places, or due to some other source of error. This caused us some serious problems in Val Iragna. I recommend taking laminated photocopies or a waterproof camera with photographs of the book.

I definitely recommend Perlana Inferiore near Lake Como as a good start, the underground section is very atmospheric. Cresciano Inferiore was so good we went back twice, but it was a bit more technical. Val Grande was tough and Val Iragna was almost quite dangerous given our experience level, which sounds similar to yours. We saw tour groups in all of these canyons.

Hope that helps, there's a far more detailed description and photos in that trip report.