Swiss Delights – Top 10 Ticino Boulders Problems

It is hard to deny Switzerland as one of the most picturesque countries with some of the most iconic landscapes in the world. Fortunately for us climbers, the Bouldering here reflects the quality of the country itself. Even after upwards of 6 months spent in Switzerland over the past 5 years, I’m still blown away by the place.

The landscape, the feeling and the quality of the bouldering here are all supreme. I often get asked by people (generally before they embark on a trip), “what is your favourite boulder in Switzerland?” The smile that comes over my face instantly gives away the response that “I couldn’t possibly choose just one boulder problem”. With that said, I feel it’s only right, with another trip on the horizon that I finally put my thoughts down to collate a list of my favourite Swiss boulder problems.

Swiss Delights – My Top 10 Ticino Boulders


10. Limited Edition 7C+ – The Hourglass of Switzerland. Compression problems don’t come much more in your face than this. Two huge rails, perfect slopers on each side. The perfect boulder problem height. Not dangerous, but high enough to allow the heart to flutter a little bit on the top. After some serious hugging and thugging to make it to the lip, a bit of commitment is required for the pull around onto the slab at the top. In 2015 a big team of us descended on the boulder to try it, and I can honestly say I’ve never seen so many smiles at a boulder, with five of us ending up climbing it!

9. Dosage Dyno – Made famous by Dave Graham in one of the legendary Dosage films, this dyno is the one people always ask about, but always seem to forget about! Situated just next to the river at Brione, this groove into dyno affair is a thrill of a problem! Flying through the air, going almost horizontal and catching a perfectly rounded jug, it’s a special thing.


8. Brione Right Arete 6B+ – You can’t go to Brione and not try this one! Sitting perfectly in the centre of Brione’s magical meadow, the dual arete’s that make up this boulder are equally worthy. With a technical start, and an exciting little hop to the finish hold, this problem has it all! That also includes one of the best views around. I climbed this one on my very first trip in 2013, and have climbed it almost every time I’ve been back since. It never gets old!


7. Molunk 7C – The world’s best 7C? Molunk is heralded by everyone who climbs it as a truly spectacular boulder problem. Not everywhere do you find perfect rock, holds, movement and aesthetics all wrapped up into one boulder problem. This is that problem, and at a grade where it’s on many climbers radar! Molunk involves throwing between big flat edges, and using some crafty footwork to negotiate the lip holds and forging rightwards to glory on some perfect jugs. Being 5ft 6, my journey with this boulder problem was different to most peoples. In 2013 I realised I simply couldn’t reach the conventional sequence. 3 years later, I crafted up a bit of a shorty sequence, and finally made it happen.

6. Die Roboter 5+ – This problem is a gem nestled right behind another problem on this list, Freak Brothers. With one superb rail feature and several options for success, this problem is a real hit! I’m yet to show anyone it and to be met with disappointment! Whether it’s part of your warm up, or a goal for the session, it’s a movement makes it special!


5. I Portico 8A+ – This problem is another gift from the grandfather of modern bouldering, Fred Nicole. First shown in the feature length film ‘Better Than Chocolate’, I Portici instantly caught my attention. It’s a perfect rightwards trending arete, with some of the best pinches around. It’s technical, long and requires a good helping of commitment for the finish. I tried it briefly in 2016 before coming back a bit fitter in November 2017 and finishing it off. Future mega classic!

4. Bach Bloc 7B+ – Situated in probably the most picturesque spot in Brione, this problem has always been a classic! It has some interesting movement through a vertical crack, and some powerful movement high off the floor, followed by a straightforward but exposed topout. It’s the problem everyone knows about, but nobody can remember it’s name! For anyone operating at the level this is a must do!


3. Amber 8B – Gem by name, gem by nature. Amber is one of the smallest, yet most perfectly formed 8B’s I’ve had the pleasure to climb. With some of the best rock in the world, and some powerful moves through a steep roof, this Dave Graham classic is a much sought after tick. Back in 2016 it was high on my todo list for my November trip. In the first session I managed to do all the moves, but was worried the link of them all would be quite a task. Fortunately, with some cold crisp weather, and good motivation from friends I was able to finish it off in the next session. It is still one of the best problems I’ve ever climbed, and rightly so makes it into this list


2. The Neverending Story Slab 6B – Without a doubt one of Cresciano’s most famous problems, and rightly so! It is one of the most aesthetic and stunning slabs of rock around. At 6B, and a slab, it may not be most peoples idea of Swiss bouldering, but man this thing is a special experience! Absolute trust in friction is the order of the day on this completely holdless slab. Measured precision and patient footwork leads to a final lurch for a decent edge, and victory. I’ve probably repeated this problem around 15 times over the years, and it’s never taken me any less than 10 attempts. A timeless classic, and the perfect rest day activity!

1. Freak Brothers 8A – Where do I start with this one!! Lines don’t come much more striking than this. A crazy barrelled overhang with arrow straight horizontal cracks through it’s face. The movement is powerful, but technical. The crux revolves around an awkward toe above hand manoeuvre, before matching the only holdable part of the horizontal crackline. From there a big throw to the lip and an undoubtedly droppable mantle remains! I remember first setting eyes on this problem on my first trip to Switzerland and being blown away. Even though I wasn’t at the level of this problem back then, I still couldn’t resist trying it. With a few half hearted attempts through the years, November 2017 was the time I was finally able to work this one out and climb it. Without a doubt, an all time life list boulder problem!

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Experience Ticino, Switzerland, one of the World’s most famous bouldering destinations, under the guidance of one of Britain’s top boulderers.

Switzerland has long been regarded as one of the world’s most popular and historic bouldering areas. Originally frequented by the likes of Fred Nicole and Bernd Zangerl, Switzerland combines some of the most idyllic landscapes and perfect Gneiss bouldering. A mere 2 hours north of Milan, the Italian speaking canton of Ticino offers 3 main areas. With everything from beginner to world-class climber, Ticino has something special for everyone. Whether it’s the beautiful chestnut covered hillside of Cresciano, or the exquisite stone villages and long winding mountain approach of Brione, Switzerland really is a magical place to climb. Wake up in a beautiful rustic house, with views across the town of Bellinzona, before making a short journey to some of the world’s best boulders. This place is not to be missed!

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Who Are We

Intrepidus Outdoors is an adventure tourism and outdoor education provider based in Edinburgh, Scotland. We specialise in canyoning, coasteering, mountain biking, paddle sports and mountaineering, and deliver these adventurous experiences across Scotland and the North of England. The outdoor experiences that we provide take our clients into some of the most exquisite, incredible and extreme environments the UK has to offer.

Intrepidus Outdoors – Adventures Edinburgh, Scotland!

Intrepidus Outdoors is based in Edinburgh, Scotland and specialises in Outdoor Activities. We are an adventure tourism and outdoor education provider based in Edinburgh. However, we also operate out of Glasgow, East Lothian, Midlothian, Scottish Borders, Tweed ValleyPerth, Fort William, Cairngorm National Park, Pitlochry, Aberfeldy and Loch Tay.

We specialise in canyoning, coasteering, mountain biking and hill walking, and deliver these adventurous experiences across Scotland. The experiences that we provide take clients into some of the most exquisite, incredible and extreme environments the UK has to offer. Through our MY Adventure (Edinburgh) brand we are also a provider of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Expeditions where we run bronze, silver and gold level awards for young people. These expeditions are through the disciplines of hill walking as well as canoeing. 

Mission Statment :

To deliver the highest quality adventurous experiences to entertain, thrill and inspire.


Outdoor Activities: Edinburgh & Scotland

Our values reflect those of a business started by a small group of rock climbers and mountain bikers. The experiences that we have had adventuring, and our passion for the outdoors, has led us to choose a lifestyle dedicated to sharing our love for the outdoors with others. The approach that we take to the experiences that we provide, and the business that we run, is that of sustainability, and an unapologetic quest for quality.

For us at Intrepidus Outdoors, we recognise that our experiences kayaking in clean rivers, surfing on unpolluted beaches and climbing frozen waterfalls have contributed to who we are as people. Therefore, protecting the planet so that the next generation of adventurers can have their own experiences, is hugely important for us. We believe that for people, communities and businesses to make the choice to minimise their impact on our planet, they must first value the planet that we have. We feel that the best way for people to value our blue planet, is to have first hand quality experiences in nature. They can then see the beauty of a forest, feel the power of an ocean and learn to love what is outside our towns and cities, so that they then fight to protect them. We strive to through the products that we deliver make a small difference to peoples understanding of the impact that they have on our world.

Our experiences adventuring have made us who we are and Intrepidus Outdoors is a reflection of us. We provide real adventurous experience that we hope you will cherish.


Adventure Activities: Edinburgh & Scotland

There are cities where stuff is happening all year round and where you will never get bored. Edinburgh is undoubtedly one of these cities. It’s an extraordinary place, full of history, festivals, impressive architecture and plenty of attractions you won’t find anywhere else. Not to mention that we are located on the door step of so many amazing adventures and outdoor experiences.

We would like to introduce you to this extraordinary city, giving you a full range of possibilities that can be found north of the wall! Edinburgh has a huge dose of beautiful history, world-famous festivals, fantastic attractions, adrenaline fuled expereinces and great food. Edinburgh is calling you and you simply cannot refuse its invitation.

There are a many outdoor and adventurous experiences to be had in Edinburgh. If you are a thrill seeker visiting Edinburgh and interested in a canyoning, coasteering or mountain biking adventure in Scotland, Get In Touch!

Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, is a fantastic destination with a rich history, stunning architecture, and a vibrant cultural scene. Here are 11 reasons why Edinburgh is a great city to visit with friends:

  1. Historic Architecture: Edinburgh is known for its historic and impressive architecture. Explore the medieval Old Town, with its narrow alleys and the iconic Edinburgh Castle perched on Castle Rock. The contrasting Georgian New Town offers elegant streets and squares.

  2. Edinburgh Castle: Dominating the city’s skyline, Edinburgh Castle is a must-visit. Explore the various sections of the castle, learn about its history, and enjoy panoramic views of the city from its vantage points.

  3. Royal Mile: The Royal Mile is the main street of the Old Town, running from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. It’s lined with shops, pubs, and street performers, making it a lively and entertaining stroll.

  4. Festivals: Edinburgh is famous for its festivals, including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival. If you visit during August, you’ll be treated to a vibrant atmosphere with countless performances, events, and shows.

  5. Scenic Views: Climb Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano located in Holyrood Park, for breathtaking panoramic views of the city and its surroundings. It’s a great place for a hike or a picnic with friends.

  6. Cultural Museums: Edinburgh boasts several excellent museums, including the National Museum of Scotland, the Museum of Edinburgh, and the Scottish National Gallery. These institutions offer a diverse range of exhibits, from art and history to science and technology.

  7. Whisky Tasting: Scotland is renowned for its whisky, and Edinburgh is a great place to sample some of the finest Scotch whiskies. Explore local pubs and whisky bars to experience the rich and varied world of Scottish spirits.

  8. Haunted History: Edinburgh is known for its haunted history, and there are various ghost tours that take you through the city’s spookiest spots. It’s a fun and eerie way to learn about the darker side of Edinburgh’s past.

  9. Dynamic Arts Scene: The city has a vibrant arts scene, with numerous theaters, galleries, and performance spaces. Whether you’re into traditional or contemporary arts, you’re likely to find something that suits your tastes.

  10. Friendly Atmosphere: Scots are known for their friendliness, and you’ll likely find the welcoming atmosphere extends to the city itself. The friendly locals and the convivial ambiance of Edinburgh make it an excellent destination for a memorable trip with friends.

  11. Outdoor Activities on your Doorstep: Edinburgh is on the edge of the Pentland Hills, Ochil Hills, East Lothian, the East Neuk of Fife and a hour and a half drive from the Cairngorm National Park. We deliver outdoor adventures, activities and exciting pursuits to all of these amazing locations. 

Outdoor Adventures Scotland.

We operate out of Edinburgh, Glasgow, East Lothian, Midlothian, Scottish Borders, Tweed ValleyPerth, Fort William, Cairngorm National Park, Pitlochry, Aberfeldy and Loch Tay.

It’s no secret that Scotland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. From the rural coastlines to vast mountain ranges, we have it all. Whatever kind of experience you’re after you’re sure to find it here, so we’ve put together an adventurer’s guide to Scotland to help get you started. Our guide breaks down all the outdoor activities Edinburgh has to offer and many more adventures to keep you entertained on your holiday.

Scotland’s allure for outdoor adventures is rooted in its unparalleled natural beauty and diverse landscapes. From the rugged peaks of the Scottish Highlands to the tranquil shores of its countless lochs, the country provides a stunning backdrop for a myriad of outdoor activities. Hikers can traverse historic trails like the West Highland Way, while mountaineers are drawn to the challenge of scaling iconic peaks such as Ben Nevis. The expansive coastline and intricate network of rivers offer opportunities for water enthusiasts, from thrilling white-water rafting to peaceful kayaking. Scotland’s commitment to preserving its wilderness allows for accessible exploration, inviting both seasoned adventurers and casual nature lovers alike. With a rich cultural heritage woven into its landscapes, including ancient castles and historic sites, Scotland stands as an exceptional destination for those seeking not just outdoor excitement, but a profound connection with the untamed beauty of the natural world.

Moreover, Scotland’s outdoor appeal extends to its diverse range of activities, accommodating adventurers with varying interests and skill levels. Cyclists can navigate scenic routes, taking in the breathtaking views of rolling hills and coastal panoramas. As winter blankets the land, the Cairngorms and Glencoe transform into playgrounds for skiers and snowboarders, offering a thrilling winter sports experience. Wildlife enthusiasts find solace in the country’s natural habitats, where red deer roam freely, eagles soar overhead, and seals bask along the rugged shoreline. The proximity of Edinburgh, the capital city, further enhances the Scottish adventure, providing a seamless transition from urban exploration to the untamed wonders that lie just beyond its borders. In every season, Scotland’s outdoor wonders beckon, promising a tapestry of experiences that blend natural splendor with a rich tapestry of history and culture.

MY Adventure and Intrepidus Outdoors are adventure tours and outdoor experience providers, both based in Edinburgh, Scotland. We specialise in private and open canyoningcoasteeringmountain biking and hill walking tours, and deliver these adventurous experiences across Scotland. We are also a provider of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Expeditions where we run bronze, silver and gold level awards for young people.

If you are looking for additional information about adventures from Edinburgh, we have published a number of blogs:

  • Welcome to Edinburgh- A guide to the Scottish Capital: here
  • 6 steps to being happy like a Scot: here 
  • Adventures guide to Scotland: here
  • You’ll never get bored in Edinburgh: here 
  • Best Budget Hotels and Hostels Edinburgh: here 
  • Hen Party Adventures Edinburgh: here
  • Stag Party Outdoor Adventures Edinburgh Essentials: here
  • Best Restaurants in Edinburgh: here

If you haven’t already seen it, check out the our  Trip AdvisorYoutube channelVisit Scotland page and blog to hear about how others found their outdoor adventures with us! Equally, if there is any gear that you would like us to review, drop us a DM.

Here is a list of our Frequently Asked Questions about Outdoor Adventures from Edinburgh!

What are the best outdoor activities in and around Edinburgh?

Canyoning, Coasteering, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Canoeing and Rock Climbing!

Is Edinburgh a good venue for adventures?

Edinburgh is on the doorstep of incredible locations for outdoor adventures. Only a short minibus ride and you are in world class venues for coasteering, canyoning, mountain biking and hiking.

Are your adventures suitable for beginners?

Yes. Our outdoor adventures are great for everyone!

Do you provide all the equipment?

We provide all technical equipment for your outdoor adventures with us. This includes canyoning and coasteering boots!

Is Edinburgh good to visit?

Yes. Edinburgh is a fantastic city to visit, offering a rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty.

Is Edinburgh expensive?

If you live in the south of England, No. If you live in the Midlands or the North of England, Yes.

How much is a pint in Edinburgh?

Between £4 and £6

Do you collect us from our hotel for adventure tours?

Yes. On our private adventure tours we collect clients from their hotels.

Where do you collect open group tours from?

Edinburgh Waverley Train Station – The Market Street Entrance.

What is the age range of your adventures?

Open groups 14+. Private groups all ages!

How extreme are your outdoor adventure tours?

Canyoning and coasteering has jumps up to 10meters and the canyoning has waterfall abseiling uptimes 17 meters. So you tell us?!

How much are your adventure tours?

Days trips from £95 per person including transport.

What is the most popular outdoor adventure from Edinburgh?

Canyoning. People LOVE canyoning. We also love canyoning!

Do you take pictures?

Yes. All instructors will take pictures with their iPhones and GoPro’s. They will send them to you after the adventure.

What is your favourite outdoor activity?

Our team like lots of different adventures! Some like the extreme trips like canoeing while others like the more mellow tours like canoeing.

How are your trip advisor review so good?

We aim the exceed the expectations of our clients on all our outdoor adventure tours from Edinburgh!

Where do you run adventure tours from?

We operate out of Edinburgh, Glasgow, East Lothian, Midlothian, Scottish Borders, Tweed Valley, Perth, Fort William, Bruar, Dollar, Alva, Cairngorm National Park, Pitlochry, Aberfeldy and Loch Tay.  .

What are your group sizes for private outdoor adventure tours?

Between 8 and 80!

Do you provide transport for your outdoors experiences?

Yes! We have a National Operators License to operate our own fleet of 17 seater minibuses.

Who is the best adventure tour provider in Edinburgh?

With over 350 5star TripAdvisor reviews the Intrepidus team aims to exceed our customers expectations in every trip!

What provider runs the best outdoor experiences in Scotland?

Intrepidus Outdoors run canyoning, coasteering and hiking almost every day and we have over 350 5star TripAdvisor reviews!


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