“Where to go bouldering in Lombardy?” Climbing novices often ask this question as they are eager to feel the rock under their fingers.
Training in the gym is great, but going to enchanted places armed with chalk, crash pads and climbing shoes is even better.
Bouldering is akin to a religion: climbers who have just learnt the ropes of climbing see giant boulders everywhere, be it the mountains or the seaside, and they are even attracted to the rusticated facades of buildings in city centres, excitedly screaming “look at that sloper”!
The excitement of wandering through valleys in search of erratic boulders to conquer drives boulderers away from home every weekend.
So it’s off we go, on cars full of friends and crash pads, happy to get rid of the smell of the city and climb up to the ‘Valley’, knowing that everyone will find their own project to complete or something new to try, again and again. And then we find ourselves in the evening in front of a beer, still talking about how we could have sent that line, how hard our bunions have hardened or our fingertips have peeled, how one guy saved a friend as he was falling to the ground like a dead weight.
With this re-enactment we want to point out bouldering areas about two hours from Milan (Loreto area) because bouldering is a world of sharing and friendship, an experience that goes far beyond the simple practice of sport.
These are five bouldering locations in Lombardy, all about 2 hours from Milan. When travelling between regions is allowed once again, you could explore Foppiano in Val D’Ossola, an unmissable location among boulderers’destinations.
As we know you are not all from Milan or the hinterland, we promise to write more about other locations soon.
There is no shortage of beautiful places to recommend in almost every region of Italy, but we would like to go into more detail in the near future on the following: where to climb in Sardinia and introduce you to Val Daone, a bouldering paradise in Trentino; a natural gym dotted with hundreds of erratic boulders just waiting to be climbed.
Do you feel like getting in a car with friends and driving off? Well, we do. But while we wait for next weekend, we are preparing some personalised t-shirts with boulder-themed graphics for a group of bouldering friends.
If you think it would be a great gift idea, browse through Monvic Art, choose a t-shirt or sweatshirt and ask us to personalise it to suit your taste!