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INSPIRED BY A LIFE OF ADVENTURE

You can go anywhere, see anything and become anyone.

Taking the road less travelled keeps you feeling alive. All your senses are on high-alert and you’re ready to embrace new experiences. You live in the moment and constantly adjust to your new environment and situation.

Ticino Adventures is a professional outdoor guide service built around these very principles. We live for adventure and love to share unforgettable experiences with thrill seekers from all over the world.

You don’t need to be an extreme athlete to experience the best of Ticino. We’ll take you out of your comfort zone, show you the incredible beauty of Ticino and create memories that last forever!

#startexploring

Meet The Team

Our team is made up of some of the most talented and enthusiastic explorers on the planet. We’re united by one mission: helping our guests discover the beauty of Ticino while challenging themselves to find out what they’re capable of.

Boss

Zach

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Qualifications
  • done SOA Guide Level 2 (trip leader)
  • done SOA Raft Guide Level 1
  • done Wilderness First Responder
Guiding Experience
Ticino and rest of Switzerland, USA, Japan, India, Malaysia.
Languages
English and does his best to speak German & Italian.
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Zach grew up in Alaska and New Mexico, after his 6-month career as an engineer he started working as a canyon guide in Moab. Since then, he started to travel, work and buy motorbikes around the globe. He now owns a motorbike in almost every continent! When he isn’t working he is flying his paraglider, riding whatever has two wheels and in winter he is skiing all over the planet. When he is available, he also guides freeride trips to Japan or the states during the winter.

Owner & Guide

Fabio

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Qualifications
  • done SOA Guide Level 2
  • done First Aid
  • done CPR
Guiding Experience
Ticino
Languages
German, Italian, French, English & grew up speaking Romansch.
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Fabio has been living in Ticino for 12 yrs and guiding canyoning for 8 yrs. He’s also a serious rock climber & skier and works in the winter season as a physical therapist.

Freelance Guide

Val

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Qualifications
  • done SOA Canyon Guide 1
  • done Medical Doctor
Guiding Experience
Ticino
Languages
French, German, Italian, Swedish, English
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Val was born in Oslo but she’s actually half Swedish, a quarter Italian & a quarter Swiss! She’s our assistant guide/team doctor and moved to Ticino in 2015 to work as a medic. When Val’s not helping us out she loves canyoning, kite-surfing, travelling, skiing & biking.

Base Manager / Lead Guide

Paulina

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Qualifications
  • done SOA Guide Level 2
  • done Tripleader
Guiding Experience
Ticino
Languages
Dutch, German, English, some kind of Italian
More about Paulinaclose

Paulina aka ‘Ppower’ is a dutch superwoman! She studied history of art, is a ski teacher in winter & has worked with us since 2015. She is loaded with positivity & energy and we are very happy to have her in our team!

Freelance Guide / Rivertour Guide

Luki

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Qualifications
  • done SOA guide level 1
  • done Rafting guide Level 2
Guiding Experience
Ticino and rest of Switzerland
Languages
English & German
More about Lukiclose

Luki lives in Bern and works for us as a freelance guide. He has worked for many years in the rafting and canyoning industry and there is absolutely nothing that phases him. When he is not working in the water he is teaching sport at the university.

Assistant Guide

Alex

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Qualifications
  • done SOA Guide Level 1
Guiding Experience
Ticino
Languages
English & German
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Alex is from UK/NZ where she studied geography. After training with us in 2016, she has seen the light and changed her plans to come work with us. Welcome to our crew Alex!

Freelance Guide

Öf

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Qualifications
  • done CIC Guide Level 3
  • done SOA Guide Level 2
Guiding Experience
Italy, Germany & Austria
Languages
Bayrisch, German, Italian, English
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Öf from Bayern is a rope access technician and an experienced canyon guide but his heart really only beats for skiing. He works with us as a freelance guide when he is not on a mission somewhere in Iran climbing a peak or trying to descend a canyon.

Guide

Todd

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Qualifications
  • done SOA Guide Level 2
Guiding Experience
Interlaken, Graubünden and Ticino
Languages
Kiwi & Swiss-German
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Todd is our kiwi machine. He lives in Interlaken, where he works as a carpenter. He is a sports multi-talent, famous for his skiing skills, acrobatics in the canyon and for beeing always keen for a mission. We are stoked to call him our friend and coworker since we started to work in the canyons.

Lead Guide

Michi

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Qualifications
  • done Canyon Guide
  • done Raft Guide
Guiding Experience
Austria, Germany, Italy, all around Switzerland including here in Ticino
Languages
German, English
More about Michiclose

Michi or ‘Jimmy’ is our solid german with tons of experience. He used to be a teacher and has worked for many years as a rope access technician, rafting & canyon guide. He lives in Zurich with his family and is a passionate skier & downhill mountain biker. Michi has been working with us since 2014 as a freelancer and we’re happy to call him our lead guide since 2017!

Business History
  • The future...

    We hope to continue offering new and challenging activities to help our adventurous explorers discover the best of Ticino!

  • 2017

    The company has evolved into a larger operation, offering many different activities and adventures in the Ticino area. Fabio and Zach decide to rebrand SwissChallenge as Ticino Adventures in order to reach and inspire a wider audience!

  • 2013

    Markus Lang sells the company to Fabio Marinelli and Zachary Browning. The new owners are eager to build on the reputation for quality that SwissChallenge has earned.

  • 2008

    The base and headquarters are moved to Cresciano in Ticino’s Riviera Valley. SwissChallenge becomes the leading organizer of canyoning and river tours in Ticino.

  • 2004

    The company becomes certified through Safety in Adventures – “the Blue S”.
    Ticino Adventures in Safety Certified

  • 2003

    SwissChallenge opens a second base in Roveredo, in the former Centro Sportivo Vera.

  • 2000

    Markus Lang founds SwissChallenge GmbH with the goal of making canyoning and other outdoor activities available to a wider audience.