Bouldering in Foppiano

The Ossola Valley is the land of multi-pitch rock climbing, but that’s not all it offers: the wonderful Antigorio Valley, in Upper Ossola, is the land of bouldering!

There are more and more fans of this speciality and in Foppiano, a splendid alpine pasture at 1200 metres above sea level, at the foot of Mount Cistella (also accessible by car from Crodo, the county seat of the Antigorio Valley), the love for bouldering began in 2009.
Since then, thanks to gatherings that attract more and more people each time, the number of mapped areas has grown, starting from 150 boulders in 2012 and today reaching more than 300 stones with 700 blocks.

Bouldering is fun and completely “wild” climbing! A discipline born around the ‘70s, it involves “free” climbing on medium to large boulders up to a height of a few metres, without the use of ropes or harnesses.

Climbing takes place without any particular safety tools and over a long period of the year (from April to October). A crash pad to cushion the (numerous) falls, a pair of shoes and… a lot of strength (physical and of will) are all you need to climb the boulders that dot this portion of the Ossola Valley.

In Foppiano, nature reigns supreme and it’s the perfect place, so much so that enthusiasts from all over Europe come here. The comfort of the place and the proximity of every sector to parking encourage even the laziest climber to grab their backpack and crash pad and walk a few minutes to get to the stones.

A few steps from the first boulders there’s also a picnic area with a drinking fountain, space for barbecues, a flat meadow for parking campers, a restaurant and Cistella campsite, which has tent pitches and lodges.

For more information about meetings, routes and bouldering activities at Alpe Foppiano, in the Antigorio Valley, please visit the official website of Foppiano Boulder.
There’s also the excellent official printed guide, Foppiano Boulder 2013.

Ideal for
Couples
Everybody
You will discover
Adventure
Nature
Sport
Ideal for
Couples
Everybody
You will discover
Adventure
Nature
Sport
IAT di Crodo
Via Bagni, 20
(Area Parco delle Terme)
28862 Crodo (VB)
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