OUR SUMMER HIKES

It’s already the middle of October and that means the trekking season high in the mountains is almost over. This past Sunday, October 12th was the last day for alpine bus service. I planed to take the opportunity to go to Lucomagno, but it rained cats and dogs through the whole weekend. Hopefully, we’ll be able to explore a few more trails before snow hits mountains of Ticino. Now, that the summer is over, it’s time to recap our trail adventures from the past months.

People following me on Facebook tend to think that we spend all our time in the mountains. This is most certainly not true, but even I have the impression that we’ve been out a lot this season. Back in June I had an ambitious plan to go to the mountains every single week, alternating between easy and more strenuous hikes, but it didn’t work out. By the middle of the summer we’ve been to the mountains only twice. Most of the time we stayed home because of the stormy weather but also because D. was busy with his research. Sticking to the original plan didn’t make sense anymore, and so later when weather permitted we explored trails from the top of my list, those that require more effort and time. In total since June we only hiked seven times including a day hike in Sweden. Well, seven doesn’t sound like much, but all of them have been so wonderful, that it feels like we’ve seen a lot.

Here is a list of our hikes since my last post. I will publish more details on them in the next few weeks.

1. Länna – Lötsjön – Fjälnora – Selknä (Uppland, Sweden)

Day hiking near Uppsala in Sweden

Ekdalen, north of Fjälnora

2. Pian Geiret – Capanna Michela Motterascio – Diga di Luzzone

Summer hike in Greina region

Walking along Rein da Sumvitg in Greina

3. Dalpe – Capanna Campo Tencia – Lago Leit – Lago Tremorgio

Hiking from Dalpe  to Lago Tremorgio

Lago Leit

4. Passo Sasselo

Hike from Airolo to Passo Sassello

View from Passo Sasselo above Val Sambuco

5. Passo di Lucomagno – Val Cadlimo – Lago Ritom

Long dayhike from Lukmanier  pass to lago ritom

Lago Scuro

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What you see when you run Lugano & Capriasca Scenic Trail

Recently I’ve had the pleasure to shoot at the Lugano & Capriasca Scenic Trail. The course is 50 km long with 3800 m of total elevation gain. For a regular hiker it takes 3 days with 2 overnight stays at mountain huts to complete the course. And a strong runner hits the finish line in sub 6 hours. Impressive!

lugano scenic trail in ticino region offers great views of swiss and italian mountains

Runner heading down to Capanna San Lucio checkpoint during the 2014 Lugano & Capriasca Scenic Trail


I will write about my epic experience as a newbie sports photographer in the next couple of days. Stay tuned.

Where have we been

I am back with a short recap of the past weeks. It’s been a while since my last post and that means, that we didn’t go to the mountains as much as we’ve wanted to.

There have been only three hikes since the last post, here is the list:

#8 Cabbio – Rifugio Prabello – Sasso Gordona – Cabbio (13 km +845 m) – nice and easy hike on the border between Ticino and Lombardia, good views of mountains and small villages on both swiss and italian sides;

Saas Gordona summit seen from Rifugio Prabello

View of Sasso Gordona from rifugio Prabello

#9 Moleno – Alpe di Ripiano – Alpe di Lai – Alpe di Confienn – Alpe di Ripiano – Cher – Preonzo (14.25 km +1450 m) – beautiful, but exhausting hike along Moleno River, we were not able to go all the way up to Alpe di Confienn because of the snow at about 1220 m altitude and another negative surprise of this hike – the valley was full of ticks;

#10 Lurengo – Predelp – Molare (7.35 km +687m) – this was planned as an easy hike, but because of plenty of fallen trees across the trail we’ve completed just a half of the course, finishing at Predelp, and that took us about five hours, the area is beautiful and I have two more hikes planned there.

Looks like we are behind the schedule with my “24 hikes in 2014” challenge: it is already June and we have only completed 10 hikes. I don’t think there will be more hikes this month, but starting July we will get back on track.

April in Lugano

The real april weather has finally arrived to Lugano. Although there have not been any foehn winds so far, the heat of previous weeks is gone and it rains from time to time. As usual there are more chances of bad weather on a weekend than a weekday, but we’ve been lucky not to miss any hikes so far!

walking trail along lake lugano

In Castagnola after a rain

We’ve done two more hikes in Lugano area:
#6 Tesserete – Mt Bigorio – Tesserete
#7 Sonvico – Mt Roveraccio – Cap Pairolo – Villa Luganese

And since there still plenty of snow above 1600m, for tomorrow I’ve planned another easy hike at lower attitude. In the morning we are leaving for Cabbio in Valle di Muggio and from there will head up to Rifugio Prabello and then to Sasso Gordona. This will be our first hike from Ticino to Lombardia.

Hikes of 2014

In Lugano, spring is in full swing. This year’s weather is so different from what I’ve experienced in two previous years. I was expecting endless rains and terrible foehn winds, but so far the weather was good: dry, very warm and calm.

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My goal for 2014 is to make at least 24 hikes until the end of the year. So far I’ve completed five, including one snowshoeing hike in Graubunden:
1. Tesserette – Motto della Croce (Capriasca, Ticino)
2. Bre paese – Monte Boglia (Lugano, Ticino)
3. Tigignas – Cre digl Lai – Riom – Savognin (Graubunden)
4. Berzona – Monti della Scesa – Monti di Motti – Tenero (Valle Verzasca, Ticino)
5. Migleglia – Arosio (Alto Malcantone, Ticino)

For today I have planned another easy hike in Capriasca.

Snowshoeing in Graubünden

The past weekend we’ve travelled to Savognin in Canton of Graubünden. We’ve scheduled thе trip back in february and kept our fingers crossed for the good forecast. The pretty warm weather of the past week made me worried about the snow condition. The Saturday was pretty warm with enough snow above 1600 meters. It started raining in the evening, then turned into snow and by 10 am on Sunday there was almost half a meter of fresh snow. What a great surprise from nature for our last snow hike of the season!

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