Eldorado Ticino – A Swiss Canyoneering Guidebook in English

When traveling abroad with canyoneering in mind, it can be difficult to secure good information on local canyons, and even more difficult to get that information in English. Fortunately, one of Europe’s very best canyon areas, Ticino in southern Switzerland, has a guidebook available in English: Eldorado Ticino, by Anna and Luca Nizzola. Here’s what Petzl has to say about Ticino:

Ticino is the southernmost canton of Switzerland. Located on the southern slopes of the Alps, it enjoys a sunny, mild climate during the summer months and offers many water-based activities, including canyoning. The last ice age ended some 12,000 years ago and in its wake it left a multitude of fine, deep, smooth and fascinating granite gorges that today make Ticino one of the most renowned canyoning destinations in Europe.

Though my jaw dropped when I saw the price tag ($75 from Canyoneering USA, or 48 swiss francs direct from Swiss Canyon), the book is stacked with reliable information from local canyoneers and filled with gorgeous photographs to boot. Here are the stats:

• More than 100 routes:
- 60 canyons with complete written descriptions; route, profile, and topo maps; water safety photographs to indicate when water levels are safe and copious in-canyon images
- 42 canyons with limited information for “adventure lovers”… these are canyons without bolts or remote canyons far from major roads
• Ten “canyon menus” to help you choose canyons that fit your groups wishes, abilities, and logistics
• Town notes to help you find good restaurants and sleeping accommodations


At 416 pages, this book is the definitive guide to the Ticino area, more than enough to keep you occupied for 10 or 20 Swiss trips.

Canyoneering USA recently received a shipment of Eldorado Ticino, so you can buy the guidebook in the U.S. while supplies last. Given the book seems to be a privately-funded, in-house publication, you may want to pick one up while supplies last… their website says “LAST BOOKS” in big red letters.

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