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Canyoning in the Alps guidebook - Cicerone

  • A guidebook to the best canyoning descents in the alps of northern Italy and Ticino (Switzerland), with additional routes in Austria, Slovenia and the Valais Alps. Routes are split into seven separate grades, for beginners through to experts. Includes comprehensive information on equipment, hazards and techniques.

EAN13 : 9781852846831

  • Publisher/Serie : Cicerone/Canyoning
  • Destination : Alps/Italy
  • Activity : Canyoning/whitewater
  • Publication date : nov-2012
  • Language : english
  • Pages : 448
  • specifications/quality : paperback
  • Dimension : 14.8cm x 21.0cm x 2.6cm


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The Alps rank high among the world's foremost destinations for canyoning. This book brings together 90 of the most celebrated descents in the Alpine regions of northern Italy and Ticino in Switzerland. Divided into five areas, the descents described in the guide present a huge variety of terrain, rock and styles of canyoning. Route difficulty is split into seven grades, from easier canyons suited to beginners, through to the strongest aquatic and technical challenges, which demand experienced rope skills, physical fitness and a calm head for high water.

The Alps are home to some of the most extraordinary geological creations in the world, and the range's canyons are no exception, from limestone to granite-gneiss aquaparks. Sights to tempt any canyoner await; from the art-deco sweep of water-carved rock, to knife-thin chasms reaching overhead, to serene blue pools cradled in a natural ampitheatre.

The guide introduces routes in Val d'Ossola, Ticino, Lake Como and the Belluno Dolomites through to canyons in Austria and Slovenia. There is information on Alpine geology and the history of Canyoning, as well as details on access and accommodation in each area, advice on technique, risks, preparation and necessary equipment. It is an indispensable companion to any canyoner looking for an exhilarating adventure in the Alps.

  • detailed maps, photography and topos of all 90 descents
  • advice on equipment, hazards and techniques specific to canyoning
  • practical advice on planning a canyoning trip to each region
  • background information on the areas covered in Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia


In general, the summer months (mid-July to mid-September) are the best time for canyoning in the Alps and Ticino.


Domodossola (Val d'Ossola); Bellinzona, Biasca, Maggia (Ticino); Colico and the northern lake shore (Lake Como); Belluno (Belluno and Friuli Dolomites); Tolmezzo (Carnia and the Julian Alps)


All routes are graded for difficulty. Although there are canyons of all grades, many routes are aquatic and technical, requiring good abseiling skills, physical fitness and a head for high water. A good wetsuit is essential, and a hand-bolting kit gives peace-of-mind in case anchors are damaged.

Must See

The superb granite-gneiss aqua-parks of north-west Italy and Ticino, including Rasiga, Lodrino and Val Bodegno, along with the classic limestone canyons of the Dolomites and north-east Italy, including Grigno, Val Zemola and Rio Simon.
Map of areas covered    



Canyoning – a brief history    
Geology of the Alps (for canyoners)    
Weather and when to go    
Getting there    
Getting around    
Waymarking, access routes and maps    
The risks of canyoning    
Canyoning rope techniques    
Equipment and clothing    
Cameras and photography    
Canyon safety – precautions and pre-trip preparations    
Mountain rescue, local healthcare and insurance    
Canyon etiquette    
Using this guide    
Key facts   

Val d’Ossola    

Route 1     Massaschluct    
Route 2     Gondo    
Route 3     Rasiga Superiore    
Route 3a   Rasiga Inferiore     
Route 4     Variola Superiore    
Route 5     Mondelli 2    
Route 5a   Mondelli 1     
Route 6     Mondelli 3    
Route 7     Bianca    
Route 7a    Segnara    
Route 8      Toce    
Route 9      Rio d’Alba    
Route 10    Antolina    
Route 11    Isorno Finale    
Route 12    Antoliva    
Route 13    Ogliana di Quarata    
Route 13a  Menta Inferiore     
Route 14    Ogliana di Beura – Parte Finale    
Route 15    Marona   


Route 16    Serenello    
Route 17    Bignasco
Route 18    Sponde    
Route 19    Giumaglio    
Route 20    Salto    
Route 21    Val di Gei Inferiore    
Route 22    Val Grande Inferiore    
Route 23    Loco Inferiore    
Route 24    Ticinetto Inferiore     
Route 25    Barougia    
Route 26    Malvaglia Inferiore    
Route 27    Combra    
Route 28    Pontirone Superiore    
Route 29    Pontirone Inferiore    
Route 30    Iragna Superiore    
Route 31    Iragna Inferiore    
Route 32    Lodrino Intermedio    
Route 33    Lodrino Inferiore    
Route 34    Osogna Intermedio    
Route 34a  Osogna Superiore    
Route 35    Osogna Inferiore    
Route 36    Cresciano Superiore    
Route 37    Cresciano Inferiore   

Lake Como   

Route 38    Bodengo 2     
Route 38a  Bodengo 1     
Route 39    Bodengo 3     
Route 40    Pilotera    
Route 41    Mengasca    
Route 42    Casenda    
Route 43    Bares    
Route 44    Borgo
Route 45    Perlana Inferiore    
Route 46    Bondasca    
Route 46a  Drögh Grand     
Route 47    Lesina    
Route 48    Ferro    
Route 49    Cormor    
Route 50    Valle di Scerscen    
Route 51    Val Brutta    
Route 52    Esino Inferiore    
Route 53    Boazzo   

The Belluno and Friuli Dolomites   

Route 54    Grigno     
Route 55    La Soffia     
Route 56    Forti    
Route 57    Pisson    
Route 58    Clusa Superiore    
Route 59    Clusa Inferiore    
Route 60    Mus Inferiore    
Route 60a  Mus Superiore     
Route 61    Fogarè Superiore    
Route 62    Fogarè Inferiore    
Route 63    Maor     
Route 64    Maggiore     
Route 65    Tovanella    
Route 66    Zemola     
Route 67    Pezzeda    
Route 68    Ciorosolin     
Route 69    Torrente Chiadola     
Route 70    Ciolesan     
Route 71    Alba-Molassa   

Carnia and the Julian Alps   

Route 72    Lower Rötenbach    
Route 72a  Upper Rötenbach    
Route 73    Frauenbach    
Route 74    Novarza    
Route 75    Lumiei    
Route 76    Rio Negro    
Route 77    Viellia    
Route 78    Picchionis    
Route 79    Chiantione    
Route 80    La Foce Inferiore    
Route 81    Cosa    
Route 82    Leale Inferiore    
Route 83    Lavarie    
Route 84    Tralba Inferiore    
Route 84a  Alba    
Route 85    Simon Inferiore    
Route 85a  Simon Superiore    
Route 86    Cuestis
Route 87    Rio Nero Superiore    
Route 88    Rio Nero Inferiore    
Route 89    Brussine    
Route 90    Mlinarica    

Appendix A    Canyon summary table    
Appendix B    Further information and resources     
Appendix C    Campsites     
Appendix D    Tourist information offices     
Appendix E    Glossary of technical terms    
Appendix F    First descents     

Route Index            
Route Planner   


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