Canyoning in the Alps – by Simon Flower
Northern Italy and Ticino
A guidebook to the most celebrated canyoning descents in the alpine regions 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.
This book brings together all the most celebrated descents in the Alpine regions of northern Italy and Ticino in Switzerland, including classic limestone canyons and superb granite-gneiss gorges. The Alps rank high among the world’s foremost destinations for canyoning. Conveniently clustered into five areas, the 90 routes present a huge variety of terrain and styles of canyoning. Route difficulty is split into seven grades, from easier canyons suited to beginners with little specialist knowledge, through to the strongest aquatic and technical challenges, which demand experienced rope skills, physical fitness and a calm head for high water.
Comprehensive background information gives advice on equipment, hazards and techniques, as well as details of Alpine geology and the history of canyon exploration. The book also features additional nearby routes in Austria, Slovenia and in the Valais Alps, as well as the climbing, via ferrata and walking options in the surrounding hills and mountains.
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 canyoneer 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
• The first guidebook of its kind written in English
• Comprehensive, definitive guide to the best canyoning in the Alps
• Covers Italian Alps and Ticino, with additional routes in Austria, Slovenia
• With technical skills and techniques guidance
About the author
Simon Flower grew up in Sheffield, where he spent much of his free time
mountain biking and climbing in the Peak District. In 1998 he took up caving
at university, before discovering canyoning a year later. Since then he has
been canyoning enthusiastically (almost obsessively) all over Europe and
beyond, and has claimed a handful of first descents along the way.
Author: Simon Flower
Paperback Gloss Laminated, 448 pages
21.0cm x 14.8cm