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Intro to trad climbing in Orco Valley or Val di Mello

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Ricardo, IFMGA certified mountain guide, teaches you basic trad climbing skills in the popular crags of Italy: explore the rocks of the Orco Valley or Val di Mello!



+1 Day

May - Aug, Oct




* Learn basic trad climbing skills with an expert instructor.

* Discover some fabulous rock climbing areas in Italy.

* Enjoy panoramic views of amazing alpine landscapes.


Join me on this intro to trad climbing in the Orco Valley or Val di Mello, in Italy. Learn the basic skills to feel comfortable climbing huge granite rocks!

Italy is full of possible destinations to practice all types of rock climbing. Outdoor enthusiasts can find limestone or granite rock with routes for all levels. This +1 day trip will take us to the Orco Valley or Val di Mello, two of the top traditional climbing destinations of the country!

The Orco Valley (in Italian, “Valle dell’Orco”) is located in Turin, Piedmont. It is home to impressive peaks such as Gran Paradiso (4,061 m) and Ciarforon (3,642 m). The area is famous for its granite climbing spots, allegedly the best in the Western Alps. Sergent, Caporal and Torre di Aimonin are some of its epic walls.

 At 130 km from Milan, Val di Mello is a large natural reserve on the border with Switzerland. Known as the ‘Little Yosemite’, this beautiful alpine spot is a historical granite climbing area. Most of its trad crags are on south facing walls and are easy to approach.

On this rock climbing trip we will choose the routes together, based on your level and your expectations. You will learn the basic skills and fall in love with this amazing outdoor activity!

So, if you are up for this Intro to trad climbing in Italy, please contact me. I’ll be glad you to be your guide on the best routes of the Orco Valley or Val di Mello!

If you think you need some prior preparation for this adventure, then take a look at my Half-day Indoor climbing lesson in Turin.

Price includes

- Guiding fee


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You can join me for one or two days!

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About the guide

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Mountain Guide

I am Reccardo Olliveri, class 1975, registered to the Alpine Guide College of Piemonte since 2002 and graduated in environment and territory engineering at the Turin technical college. I live at Turin, but I am resident in the Alps where I practice the mountaineering activity all through the year; I love the void and I play every time I can; on rock, ice, dry tooling and also skiing.

Its with great passion that I continue practicing the mountaineering activity and I dedicate myself to pass on to all those interested to know, the spirit and the ability to dedicate oneself close to the mountain in all its forms.


Italian | French | English

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What people are saying about Riccardo



Riccardo was an exceptional guide. On this 4 day skiing trip with him, he taught me how to ski tour and took me to many incredible locations. He was happy and able to help me whenever I got to a difficult location on the mountain and ensured I was always comfortable with what I was doing. Additionally, he is quite a great photographer so I got many nice photos from the adventure. I would definitely recommend Riccardo and this trip for anyone who is interested in trying off-piste skiing or ski touring.



Riccardo is a super capable mountain guide who makes the right decisions the guarantee safety. He has years of experience in the mountains doing many different sports and activities and will align you skills with the right challenge. He is also is easy to communicate and plan with, both online and offline!



I did the 4 day off piste at Mont Blanc. Riccardo is a very patient,funny and professional guide. He definitely speaks all 3 languages fluently and is accessible to ask questions and plan your ski trip. His vast knowledge about the mountain and skiing are incredible.He is always on time and checks the weather the night before to determine the iternary for the next day. He is very organized and helpful too. He even came with me to get my ski gear. He will always give you suggestions on which mountain and will ask what you would like to do. Due to the bad weather, I got to ski La Flegere and Le Tour. The views were still incredible and we had fresh powder snow. I had a great time and learned alot from him. It was an incredible experience that I will never forget and would definitely recommend him.

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