Spazzacaldeira, 7603 Bregaglia, Switzerland
A Climber's ParadiseTaking advantage of Switzerland’s mountain ranges isn't just restricted to skiing in the winter. Climbers from all around Europe descend on the Alps throughout the year, testing their skills on some of the most challenging and thrilling terrain around. Climbs range from beginner to expert and can last for a few hours or two to three days. One of the longest and most demanding is the Via Ferrata in Leukerbad, which includes vertical ladder climbs, lengthy and seriously steep rope climbs and often difficult weather conditions. For lesser experienced climbers, Bergell on the Swiss-Italian border offers some intermediate level challenges. The Spazzacaldeira ridge is the place to head and is popular due to its easy access by cable car and well-bolted rock faces. Climbers are drawn here to scale the famous Fiamma pinnacle, as shown in the photo, where those who dare are rewarded with spectacular views and a terrifying 600meter drop.
While many of the climbs vary in difficulty and can be affected by weather conditions, it is advisable to plan routes thoroughly beforehand, or use expert tour companies such as SkiAscent, http://skiascent.com/.