Autumn, winter ... what to do in a fine winding (to have clean air) day when mountains are not yet good for ski-mountaneering, you don't want to make the usual rock-climb, and have few hours available ?
Easy, a run on the highway A8 till Varese, a short drive along the Val Ganna and in a few you get the starting point for a pleasant walkup inside a wood leading to the summit of one of the most panoramic summits of the area :
the Poncione di Ganna (990m)
a 3877 x 400 pixels pano of the Alps from the summit
From Varese follow marks for Val Ganna - Lugano for few km.
When at Valganna (some houses and a fine small lake on your left side) on your right side, you'll find road marks for Cuasso al Monte.
Enter this road till the Alpe Tedesco, once there a sharp bend on the right gives you the access to a good car parking.
Follow the marks to Poncione di Ganna, crossing a very fine wood, along a wide path.
After about half an hour you'll see, on the right, a narrow path pointing straight to the summit.
Follow it, somewhere is very steep, and, without realizing it, you get the summit
difference in elevation about 300m
time required less than 1 hour
a pair of mountain shoes ...
stretching at the Foglia (leaf)
very near to this small summit, in the woods ascending from Valganna, there's a small rocky structure : the Foglia del Poncione good for stretching
we used to lead here the learners of our rock climbing school for first approach to the rock and rappeling techniques
"It's only funny until someone gets hurt. Then it's just hilarious."