Geneva to Zurich to Lecco

Firstly apologies for the length of time it has taken me to post since coming back. This is the first of a few posts I’m planning to do about my trip.

After a night in Geneva I got the train to Zurich where the plan was to meet some friends who had driven down from back home. The plan was then to head down to near the Swiss-Italian border to climb but the weather was doing its best to stop us! It rained all the way from Geneva to Zurich, then pretty much all the way through the Alps as we headed south. It was only pretty much as we crossed the border into Italy that the rain stopped.

View from the van
Morning view from the van

Our first day got off to a pretty slow start due to lots of travel in the previous days and the absence of a guidebook to the area. Having eventually located a bookshop, and thus a guidebook we began attempting to locate the crag from the mediocre description in the book. After becoming well acquainted with most of the minor roads/dead ends in the area we found Galbiate.

James climbing at Galbiate
James climbing at Galbiate

Galbiate is a small crag in the trees above the town of the same name. It reminded me of  Giggleswick (in setting not quality or climate).

James climbing at Galbiate
James climbing at Galbiate

On our second day in the area we decided to do something bigger, and opted for a multipitch called Condorpass on Zucco dell’Angleone. This was a great route about 10ish pitches long, with fantastic view over the area.

View from Condorpass
View from Condorpass on Zucco dell’Angleone
Harry and James on a belay on Condorpass at Zucco dell'Angleone
Harry and James on a belay on Condorpass at Zucco dell’Angleone
Harry on Condorpass
Harry on Condorpass
James on Condorpass
James on Condorpass

Northern Italy provided us with everything we needed; good weather, cheaper than Switzerland and close proximity to the main objectives in the Alps. I would definitely recommend this area of Italy, but not just for escaping the weather in the Alps but also as a top quality area in its own right.

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