Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Alex and I went to Milano (Italy) for a rest day.... it was amazing. Europe never ceases to impress.
The Galleria near the Duomo. (You'll see the Duomo in a sec.. just hold your horses)
The entrance to said Galleria
Look at the detail... it took over 400 years to build.
Back to Switzerland... It's been pretty hot here lately. Trying to finish up some projects before we move on to magic wood. I've been spending my days reading, taking pics, and laying in the sun. We start climbing around sundown, and continue into the night...
Nighttime at the Salamandre boulder. (photo by Alex)
This is on the way to Brione, it's home of the 007 goldeneye bungee jump (the second highest bungee jump in the world)....
A little bridge on the way to Brione...
look hard and you might see Alex.
Friday, April 9, 2010
Switzerland is a dream world.
Andrea climbing at Brione
The climbing here is world class, the rock is immaculate, and the landscape is breath taking. For me, life does not get much better.
Lake Lugano (you must click to see a larger version!)
We've been climbing a lot lately. Going to new areas and seeing some of the best boulders in the world. We even found (and did) the best boulder in the world... as far as I can tell. We got really good video of Alex doing it so expect a video in the future. He's been absolutely crushing the boulders here in Switzerland. I think he's found a really cool project for himself, Freak Brothers (8a+) at Chironico. There are two lines that I've seen this trip that make me wish I could climb better, one being Partage at Font, and the other being Freak Brothers.
Alex working Freak Brothers
The climbing here in Ticino is really cool. It's so varied, every area has slightly different stone. The scenery never ceases to amaze, and for the most part neither does the climbing. I cannot imagine a better bouldering area than Ticino.
Doug warming up at Brione
A pleasant view at Chironico (click to make larger)
Other than all the amazing climbing we have been doing, we've also been relaxing... a lot. Every night we play cards, listen to music, and eat well. We bought some easter eggs for our land lady and she brought us a bottle of Port. As she handed it over she stated with her limited English, "Port, I am from Portugal."
Homemade pancakes with fruit and yogurt topping! Thanks Doug!
Port, from Portugal.
We made a day trip to one of the three castles in Bellinzona, which consisted of a whopping 30 minute walk from our house... pretty cool. We topped that off with pizza and gelato.
And last but not least, we spent a day about 25 km south of Bellinzona in a town called Lugano, hanging out by the lake, people watching, and of course eating gelato.
Statue in the park.
Closing thoughts.... Switzerland is amazing, and you should be here. So why aren't you?
Also, Alex has posted an awesome Font video on his site... so check it out.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
After camping a few days in the rain, we decided we had had enough. We down shifted and headed to Switzerland from France. After paying 65 Euros it tolls ($87!!!!!), we arrived to our destination. Ticino, Switzerland. The town we settled in is called Bellinzona, and it is amazing. After a short stay in an amazing campground right below a 300' tall waterfall we decided to get out of the rain. We went to the tourism office in Bellinzona and the woman there very graciously called 20 or so different people to inquire about flats/apartments/houses for rent. Finally, she found one.
For the same price as camping (18 Swiss francs a night), we get to stay here:
Front door view
Top of the morning to yah Andrea
The living room with heated floors