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!





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.

  • SOA Guide Level 2 (trip leader)
  • SOA Raft Guide Level 1
  • Wilderness First Responder
Guiding experience: Ticino and rest of Switzerland, USA, Japan, India, Malaysia.
Owner & Guide


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.

  • SOA Guide Level 2
  • First Aid
  • CPR
Guiding experience: Ticino
Freelance Guide


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.

  • SOA Canyon Guide 1
  • Medical Doctor
Guiding experience: Ticino
Base Manager / Lead Guide


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!

  • SOA Guide Level 2
  • Tripleader
Guiding experience: Ticino
Freelance Guide / Rivertour Guide


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.

  • SOA guide level 1
  • Rafting guide Level 2
Guiding experience: Ticino and rest of Switzerland
Assistant Guide


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!

  • SOA Guide Level 1
Guiding experience: Ticino
Freelance Guide


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.

  • CIC Guide Level 3
  • SOA Guide Level 2
Guiding experience: Italy, Germany & Austria


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.

  • SOA Guide Level 2
Guiding experience: Interlaken, Graubünden and Ticino
Lead Guide


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!

  • Canyon Guide
  • Raft Guide
Guiding experience: Austria, Germany, Italy, all around Switzerland including here in Ticino


From waaaaay back in 2000, where it all began...

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    The future...

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

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    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!

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    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.

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    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.

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

    safety in adventures

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

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

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