Cuneo is located near the French border in the foothills of the Alps, and is only 90km south of Turin. Running from Cuneo are a series of valleys that include many excellent crags including Andonno. The vast majority of these crags provide single pitch sport routes that are ideal for climbers of all abilities, with plenty of routes across all grades. With over 70 different crags there is a great variety of climbing styles to be found, to suit every combination of conditions and tastes. Most of the crags are limestone, though in some areas the rock type is either Gneiss or Quartzite. Due to the various altitude and orientation of the crags it is possible to climb here throughout the year.
Andonno is the best and most extensive crag in the Cuneo area. The climbing is mainly on good quality limestone rock, and includes everything from overhangs and tufas to slabs and vertical walls with edges or small crimps. There are over 270 single pitch routes with the vast majority of these in F6a to F7c grade range. At an altitude of 850m, and south facing, the crag’s sunny exposure means it is possible to climb in a T-shirt almost all year round.
The comprehensive rock climbing guidebook for the Cuneo area shown on the above map is called Andonno E Cuneese. This guidebook covers 77 different crags and details thousands of routes with over 270 routes at Andonno alone. Buy the Andonno E Cuneese guidebook from our shop.
Triora is located between San Remo and Imperia, where there is a beautiful limestone valley. Stretching for around 1km in this valley there are a series of compact limestone boulders that vary between 2m and 10m high. The bouldering involves several different styles and some of the higher boulders can be top-roped. It is possible to boulder at Triora throughout the year, but the ideal time is between April and September. During the late afternoon in the summer the whole area is in shade and there is usually a cool breeze. This bouldering area is covered in the BluBloc Bouldering Guidebook, which can be bought from our shop.
The photograph opposite shows Claudia Battaglia climbing Blade Runner (F7b+) at Andonno. This photograph appears on the front cover of the Andonno E Cuneese guidebook, which is available from our shop.
For the sport routes in the Cuneo area at least a 70m rope is recommended plus around 15 quickdraws is all the gear you need.