Hiking Trips and Tips N°2 – Resegone East Side Dayhike
October 7, 2021 10:04 am Published by

A DAYHIKE IN A LESS TRAVELED PATH ON THE RESEGONE

For the second OUTDOOR GUIDE we have chosen an easy route that can be reached in less than an hour and a half from Milan. We opted for this one because the Resegone, one of the most interesting peaks in Lombardy, it’s usually crowded due to the eastern chairlift and the people coming from Erve. This path that we propose it’s not so famous which allows you to see Resegone from a different point of view.

Route:

You can download the gps data here: https://www.komoot.it/tour/508276597

 

 

At a Glance

Distance:  7,83km (0.48mi)

Duration (average):  3 hours or more

Difficulty Level: Easy

Start / Finish: Valsecca (BE) / Valescca (BE)

Elevation Gain and Loss: 820m (2690.29ft)

 

 

The first climb trail mark, from A to point 1. Picture by Teo Poggi©

 

Getting There & Away:

You can arrive to Valsecca only by car.

Season: You can go almost in every season, You can find snow during the colder months near the top.

 

Claudia helps Sofia‘s stretching routine. Picture by Teo Poggi©

Informations:

Permits: no permits are required

Language: Italian. A basic knowledge of either definitely comes in handy, however, there are no huts along the route!

Cell/Mobile Phone Coverage: The phone coverage is quite bad especially on the peaks but you can have chance to reach signal inside the woods at low altitude.

Bico is ready to achieve the expedition. Picture by Teo Poggi©

Resupply & Water:

Resupply: You have to carry all your own food from start to finish, there are no suppliers along the route.

Water: On the way there are no drinking spots, looking at the map we were hoping for some stream but they have dried up.

Mario runs on the ridge line up to Cima Quarenghi. Picture by Teo Poggi©

 

Route / Conditions:

Overview:

The path is always well signposted and in excellent condition, in the first part it’s surrounded by trees with a soft soil and in the second one, after “La Pasada“, it becomes more rocky and exposed on the ridge. It’s not difficult, but especially near Cima Quarenghi, it could become more challenging due to longer steps and a small chain (via ferrata). It’s also a good choice for running because of the large trail and the not so technical ground.

The crew on Cima Quarenghi. From left to right: Damiano, Mario, Teo, Yuri, Sofia, Bico and Dicor. Picture by Teo Poggi©

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Hiking Trips and Tips N°1 – The Amoenus Valley Loop
August 15, 2021 11:26 am Published by

TWO DAYS HIKE IN VAL CODERA

For the first OUTDOOR GUIDE we have choosen an easy one, reachable in less than two hours by train and bus from Milan. We thought about this one because we always heard about Val Codera, a mythical valley in the Italian Alps close the Swiss borders, which can only be reached on foot, by bicycle or by helicopter as there are no tarmac roads. We did the journey in two days but obviously anyone can make it at is own speed.

 

Route:

You can download the gps data here: https://www.komoot.it/tour/487037471

 

At a Glance

Distance:  32,6 km (20,3mi)

Duration (average):  2/3 days

Difficulty Level:  Moderate

Start / Finish: Novate Mezzola / Novate Mezzola

Elevation Gain and Loss: 2160m (7,050 ft)

The crew passing through San Giorgio di Cola. In the picture left to right Bico, Yuri, Andrea, Dicor and Joey. Picture by Teo Poggi©

Getting There & Away:

You can reach the starting point, Novate Mezzola by car or by train and bus. Taking public transports is actually super comfortable, you can take the train to Colico Station (LC). Once there, exit and after 50 m on the left there is the bus station for Val Codera. The journey takes about 20″ untill Novate Mezzola.

Season: Mid-May to October. it’s not rare to found lot of snow, even in late spring, in the valley.

Informations:

Permits: no permits are required

Language: Italian. A basic knowledge of either definitely comes in handy, however, most of the locals along the route know at least a little English.

Cell/Mobile Phone Coverage: The phone coverage is quite bad in the valley. However an increasing number of huts now offer Wifi for guests.

Cash or Card: We did’t pay with card during our journey but be sure to have enough cash for emergencies. In our experience not many huts accept credit cards.

Resupply & Water:

Resupply: The valley is full of Rifugi (mountain huts), at which you can purchase meals, snacks and sandwiches to go. Note that if you are interested in hiking out of season, you either have to carry all your own food from start to finish.

Water: During the route there are always regular drinking spots except near the bivouac, we suggest to bring with you a water filter to purify the water coming from the mountain.

A lunch pause under a bridge used as shelter against the sun. In the picture left to right Bico, Yuri, Dicor and Andrea. Picture by Teo Poggi©

Route / Conditions:

Overview:

The path is always well signposted and in excellent condition, after the village of Codera the path turns into a long but pleasant dirt road. This road will take you to the Luigi Brasca Refuge which rises in a basin of meadows and woods at the end of the wild and unspoiled Val Codera. Surrounded by grandiose peaks, such as Ligoncio and Punta Sfinge, it is the first stop on the famous “Sentiero Roma” trek that leads to the heart of the Masino-Bregaglia massif.
The long walk to get to the refuge from Novate Mezzola shows the mountain enthusiast a variety of remarkable flora, combined with the discreet and unprecedented presence of mountain villages now lived only in summer.
On the right side of the refuge begins the path which, skirting the two fascinating Ligoncio waterfalls, will take you to the Carlo Valli bivouac.

Sleeping:

Wild Camping: Officially speaking, “camping” – which is apparently defined in Europe as staying in the same tent site for more than 24 hours – is strictly prohibited. On the other hand, the “overnight bivouac” – setting up late and leaving early the following morning is allowed (or at least tolerated) as long as you practice LNT principles, we suggest to do it as stealth as you can.

Mountain Huts:

The Bivacco Carlo Valli (1900 m)

Yuri passing near the waterfalls of Pizzo Ligoncio. Picture by Teo Poggi©

 

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Rayon Vert and Nike ACG — HIKING TRIPS AND TIPS
August 9, 2021 2:39 pm Published by

In recent months we have been contacted by Nike ACG®, the Nike’s outdoor line since the early 90s, to start a common project.

We always indirectly collected and gathered information about their past collections, during the years many of the research Nike ACG did about materials and manufacturing has proven to be futuristic. If we think about it, we remember some of the first shoes produced on a large scale with an hemp upper and the entire Nike CONSIDERED project (which was absolutely ahead). If we nowadays reflect about it, it was one of the most sustainable and ethical systems available, even right now. Imagine that a leading shoe manufacturer produces soles, uppers etc. and sells them on the free market disassembled. Suddenly anyone could participate by selling shoe parts made by them with the materials available in their area, investing in durability and engineering. Anyone could choose who to buy from or simply adapt what exists on the market to their need. Thus extending the life of the products and reducing the costs of transporting raw materials. It was something similar to the modular smartphone project but many years before.

When Nike asked us to collaborate together, because they were interested in our approach to the outdoors and the self-production idea behind Rayon Vert, We were enthusiastic. The idea of ​​being able to reach as many people as possible with this project and maybe, through our experience, inspiring someone to unlock his hidden abilities and to dream of a desire for autonomy, has thrilled us. Our common point is certainly the passion for the outdoors, the idea of the exploration of the wild could be a parable of a soul searching aimed at improving everyone’s skills. If the cities provide everything we need (or maybe not) with its market rules and capitalism, the outdoors symbolize anarchy and independence.

We therefore decided to start from a series of guides, and expand the concept more and more in the future (with workshops, collective journeys…), with all the information that can help anyone who wants to start approaching hiking, bikepacking or in general looking for something beyond their habits. We are going to start with a series of small guides and routes in the landscapes we know best (northern Italy and the Alps), hoping in the future we’ll be able to expand the area more and more. We will also try to make guides as diversified as possible, both in terms of difficulty level, duration and reachability so that they can be accessible to as many people as possible.

We hope “HIKING TIPS AND TRIPS” could be a small seed which could inspire anything that starts from small and becomes something big.