Fantastic climbing on Gneiss boulders in a beautiful forest setting.


All bouldering data for Cresciano comes from 'Cresciano Boulder' 3rd edition August 2008, Antonello Ambrosio, Claudio Cameroni, Roberto Grizzi, Renzo Lodi and Nicola Vonarburg. If anyone has more up to date information or photo topos please add them in. Also if you are going to climb in the area go buy the above guidebook, it's a great resource with photo topos and you'll be supporting the hard work of some local climbers, plus it makes a great souvenir! Below is a list of places to buy it (although the list is from the 2008 version and may be out of date);, Agriturismo "La Finca" 6705 Cresciano, (091 863 36 93), Ristorante "Degli Amici" 6705 Cresciano (091 863 19 98), Campeggio al Censo 6702 Claro (091 863 17 53), Ente turistico di Bellinzona e dintorni 6500 Bellinzona (091 825 21 31), Ente turistico Biasca e Riviera 6710 Biasca (091 862 33 27), Leventina Turismo 6780 Airolo (091 869 15 33) 6760 Faido (091 866 16 16), Hotel Defanti Lavorgo Ristorante Pizzo Forno Chironico, Museo Passo San Gottardo

Access issues

Access with motor vehicles is prohibited! Don't drive up the hill, park in the village of Cresciano (milk-shop area) and walk up the hill!

Besides the common sense stuff like don't leave your rubbish lying around other access issues to take into consideration are;

  • Don't start open fires.
  • Don't camp in the area.
  • Dogs must be on a leash.
  • Keep noise down for nearby residents.


Follow the road up the hill from the centre of Cresciano through a couple of tunnels. At the top of the hill there are some paths into the forest that lead to various bouldering areas, see the above mentioned Cresciano Boulder guidebook for approach and area topos.

Where to stay

Various accomodation options are available in Cresciano and neighbouring towns. I can personally recommend Ristorante da Sandra in Cresciano, the food is awesome and Sandra is a great host!


Chalk is okay, chipping is not!


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Home of Fred Nicole's 'Dreamtime', at one time the world's hardest boulder problem.


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Author(s): Claudio Cameroni, Roberto Grizzi, and Renzo Lodi

Date: 2013

A definitive guidebook covering the granite bouldering at Cresciano, Osogna and Claro in Ticino region of southeast Switzerland

Author(s): G. Cugini

Date: 2021

Author(s): E. Bernasconi

Date: 2021

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