Pizzo di Vogorno

On the 27th I received a call From Luca who wanted to do a little run to burn off some Christmas calories, we decided to run up Pizzo di Vogorno. We also decided to involve Roberto who has done the route around 30 times.

Pizzo di Vogorno is a beautiful Pyramid shaped mountain located in the Italian part of Switzerland: Ticino. It is often called the ‘Home mountain’ of Locarno. Vogorno towers high above this famous city since the altitude difference between summit and city is over 2200 metersContinue reading “Pizzo di Vogorno”

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Claro-Pizzo, first vertical

Hi guys,

Sorry for the late post, but I have been pretty busy in the past weeks with work and training.

On the 4th of October I decided to take part to the first vertical race in my running “career”, I decided to pick one of the most iconic vertical races of Ticino, the Claro-Pizzo. Developing over 10km with an elevation gain of 2500m.

pizzo di claro
Pizzo di Claro

Unfortunately, due to very poor weather and snow at the top of the mountain, the race has been shortened to around 5km and 1500m of elevation.

3D here is a 3D overview of the race.

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Iron Trail T41

On Friday the 14th of August, after work, I travelled by train to Davos for the Iron Trail T41.

Me and my girlfriend rented an apartment for the night. After settling down in the apartment we went right away for dinner, pasta, pizza and bruschetta were our dishes for the evening.

The Circular Alpine Marathon Route passes through the most beautiful Alps of Graubünden. From the start in Davos, it leads over the Schatz Alp to the picturesque Stafel Alp, and with splendid views of this area, up to the Furgga meadows. From there, the trail continues over the Strela Pass and back down to Davos.

Lenght: 42.3 km

Elevation: +/– 2290m

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Ambrì Sotto to Ronco (Valle Bedretto)

Last week-end I was in the mountain house in Ambrì, unfortunately on Saturday the weather was bad and I therefore relaxed and rest in the house. However, for Sunday the weather forecast was looking way better, so with my family we decided to go for lunch to a great restaurant in Ronco, close to Bedretto.

The restaurant is called Chalet Stella Alpina, it is a very nice old house, lovely refurbished into a great little hotel with Spa and terraces overlooking the Bedretto Valley. The Hotel is athletes friendly, in the summer loads of cyclists and hikers and winter ski-mountaineers, as well as offering a great choice (80% of the menu) of very tasty and amazing vegan dishes. To try the vegan risotto or the home made pasta!

Chalet Stella Alpina

Chalet Stella Alpina

I then decided to join my family at the restaurant by running from Ambrì.

Route description:

  • Ambrì (975 m)
  • Gioett (1440 m)
  • Pian Taiöi (1668 m)
  • Alpe Ravina (1775 m)
  • Pesciüm (1745 m)
  • Strada degli Alpi to Cna della Croce (1637 m)
  • Cantina di Folcra (1747 m) down to Schiavù (1459 m)
  • Ronco (1487 m)

Length: 26km

Elevation gain: +1500 – 1000 ca.

Duration (running): 3h 24min

Great route that can also be shortened if from Airolo you take the cable car up to Pesciüm. Very nice scenarios and different farms, loads of hikers, route well marked.

Equipment:

  • Light and fast
  • Trail running outfit

Here is the route on map: Ambri_Ronco_Map