The 10 most beautiful climbing routes in Ticino

Ticino is a climbing paradise. The southernmost canton of Switzerland owes this, among other things, to its mild climate, the quality of the rock and the variety of styles and difficulties. Today we present the 10 most beautiful routes from 5b to 8c that you should try once in your life.

Ticino is very popular with climbers. And not without reason. Switzerland's sunniest place has some unbeatable arguments up its sleeve that speak in favor of a visit. Egon Bernasconi, author of the Tessin Rock climbing guide. He has put together the ultimate top ten for you: 10 climbing routes between 5b and 8c that you should have climbed or at least tried at least once in your life.

Ticino Top Ten:

Tosty bacon II (5b)

Holy Hole at the back of Valle Bavona is one of the most amazing and unusual new discoveries of recent years. The long, compact black wall is riddled with holes of all sizes: from one-finger holes to beer mugs. A highlight of this sector is the 25-meter line Tosty bacon II (5b).

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At the very back of Val Bavona and still worth a visit: the compact wall of Holy Hole. Photo: Egon Bernasconi

Un senso (5c)

Bosco Gurin (1503 m) is the highest town in Ticino and an extremely diverse summer climbing area. In a glorious alpine setting you'll find friction climbs, technical walls, cracks and even a few overhangs. The rock quality is excellent throughout, including the 5c route Un senso.

Pleasure climbing at its finest: the route Un senso near Bosco Gurin. Photo: Egon Bernasconi
Pleasure climbing at its finest: the route Un senso near Bosco Gurin. Photo: Egon Bernasconi

pearls (6a)

Legend has it that in ancient times the Lugano area was ruled by an old witch with miraculous powers that hung on her large yellow tooth. One day, a human broke her tooth with a stone, defeating her forever. The big tooth fell out of her mouth and became a large rock needle. Over thousands of years, storms have hollowed out and broken the figure, turning it into many small teeth: Denti della Vechhia.

There is climbing on dolomite, there are routes for every taste: technical, athletic, long, short, flat, vertical or more or less overhanging. Perles (6a) in the Spigolone destra sector is an ingenious route lined with numerous scales that invite you to grab and stand.


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Also le formiche nel loro piccolo s'inkazzano (6b)

The Sotalpizz cliffs are a very worthwhile destination in summer as they are at 2300 meters. You are in a wonderful place, in a majestic position, the rock is mostly excellent and some routes simply have to be done.

Including Anche le formiche nel loro piccolo s'inkazzano (6b) in the Letamaio sector. Although only 14 meters long, the route is a great technical pitch that requires good standing.

Alice Schmidt in Anche le formiche nel loro piccolo s'inkazzano. Photo: Egon Bernasconi
Alice Schmidt in Anche le formiche nel loro piccolo s'inkazzano. Photo: Egon Bernasconi

flower power (6c)

Brontallo el Cat is one of the most famous winter climbing rocks in Ticino and is often just referred to as Brontallo because Terra Di Mezzo is rarely visited. Although the rock formation is at about 800 meters, it is sunbathed from 10 a.m. in the morning to 15.30 p.m. in the afternoon.

Flower power (6c) - the first of two pitches - starts out technically and turns into endurance climbing, where you can enjoy good grips and beautiful structures.

Flower power (6c) in Brontallo el Cat is characterized by beautiful structures. Photo: Egon Bernasconi
Beautiful structures characterize Flower power (6c) in Brontallo el Cat. Photo: Egon Bernasconi

L'artlio del diavolo (7a)

Compared to the Rovine del Castelliere, the routes in Ponte Brolla Settore Est are much more athletic. In addition to a good dose of stamina, good technique is also required. A worthwhile line in this sector is L'artlio del diavolo. To warm up, there's a 6c, then follows the second pitch, which Egon Bernasconi simply describes as "wonderful".

Athletic, technical and absolutely worthwhile: L'artlio del diavolo. Photo: Egon Bernasconi
Athletic, technical and absolutely worthwhile: L'artlio del diavolo. Photo: Egon Bernasconi

Dracula (7b)

The Zio Fiasco sector on the Avegno Torbeccio rocky outcrop is definitely worth a visit for its very varied climbing on slabs, vertical walls, technical intersections and slight overhangs.

Dracula is considered one of the most beautiful lines in the sector. At 30 meters, it offers athletic and at the same time technically demanding climbing.

Eric Gehring in Route Dracula. Photo: Egon Bernasconi
Eric Gehring in Route Dracula. Photo: Egon Bernasconi

Karmageddon (7c)

All those looking for challenges of medium and high difficulty will really enjoy the Underzero sector in Avegno Torbeccio. Many of the most beautiful pitches are in the 8th grade. The quality of rock and routes is consistently high.

Karmageddon (7c) is one of the best lines in the entire crag. A tricky start is followed by 30 meters of endurance climbing on overhanging rock of the best quality. Photo: Egon Bernasconi
Karmageddon (7c) is one of the best lines in the entire crag. A tricky start is followed by 30 meters of endurance climbing in overhanging rock of the best quality. Photo: Egon Bernasconi

MissPuta (8a)

If you are in the seventh and eighth degree, you should definitely not miss Goldensciauar near Cevio. The rock, a compact reddish gneiss, is generally very grippy and pleasant and rewarding to climb. The almost always overhanging walls require stamina and endurance. MissPuta is no exception. A hidden pearl in perfect rock.

Egon Bernasconi climbs MissPuta (8a). Image: Clauco Cugini
Egon Bernasconi climbs Miss Puta (8a). Image: Clauco Cugini

Beautiful (8b)

In the collective imagination of climbers around the world, the name Cresciano is firmly associated with boulders and blocks of the highest quality. Cresciano is simply the Mecca of the bouldering world.

Nevertheless, hidden in the chestnut woods, there are a considerable number of sectors with really excellent routes. Among them Beautiful (8b) in the sector of the same name. The line is one of the most beautiful in Ticino, as long as you can master the level of difficulty. 25 meters of climbing: varied, persistent and absolutely recommendable.

With the Route Beautiful, the name says it all. Photo: Remo Schläpfer
With the Route Beautiful, the name says it all. Photo: Remo Schläpfer

K19 (8c)

Chironico is primarily known for its numerous boulder problems. In the middle of this rocky landscape lies a gigantic boulder with an extremely impressive line. Those who can afford it - the route is rated 8c - have another must-do route with K19, which runs along the edge of the enormous block. Nicola Vonarburg was the first to climb the extremely aesthetic line in 2012.

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Credits: Cover photo Egon Bernasconi (www.rock-ways.ch)

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