MELLOBLOCCO® - INTERNATIONAL BOULDERING MEETING -
Val Masino May 7-10, 2009
Melloblocco & Wilderness !
From Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th May 2009 the legendary Melloblocco® is back in Val Masino. This international rendez-vous that, for 6 years, has attracted thousands of boulderers from all over the world for the most impressive gathering of people who love bouldering, climbing and the breath-taking wilderness of Val Masino.
Info and Registration
The Event Office opens on Wednesday, May 6th at Centro Polifunzionale della Montagna (Filorera), tel. +39 0342 640004. Registration will take place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday, May 7th and from 8.30 a.m. onwards on Friday, May 8th. Event kits will be handed out until available (1200 kits).
How to get to Val Masino and accomodation
Look at "Hotel and Camp Site List" and "Ho to get to Val Masino" in the "Magazine" Section on the website http://www.melloblocco.it/index.asp?pg=magazine .
Participants can make their own reservation with Melloblocco participating Hotels with:
Ufficio Turistico del Comune di Val Masino
Tel: +39 0342 641117
Fax: +39 0342 640040
Consorzio Turistico Porte di Valtellina
Tel: +39 0342 601140
Fax: +39 0342 619063
Thursday, May 7th – Not Only Melloblocco©
10am-6pm Melloblocco© Baby - for children and school classes Arrampicabile – for young people, beginners and disables Wilderness - Discover bouldering and wilderness in Val Masino: Cyclops pathway and Val di Mello trails
9pm Presentation of the new Val Daone bouldering guide-book ("DAONE PROG" - Ed. Versante Sud) at Centro Polifunzionale della Montagna
Friday, May 8th – Melloblocco©, Ready … Go !
9am-6pm Bouldering time
11am-5pm Judges at the base of the most difficult money-awarding boulders 9pm Music and video clips at Centro Polifunzionale della Montagna: The North Face Climber Team ends at Melloblocco© the 2009 European tour: its best athletes present their experience among the most popular European crags and boulder sites La Sportiva presents: the brand new bouldering video "Pure" by Chuck Fryberger and the new climbing shoe Speedster, along with live performances of Writers and Percussionists
Saturday, May 9th – No Boulder... No Party
9am-6pm Melloblocco© Baby - for children and school classes Arrampicabile – for young people, beginners and disables Wilderness - Discover bouldering and wilderness in Val Masino: Cyclops pathway and Val di Mello trails
10:30am Presentation of the new Val Daone bouldering guide-book ("DAONE PROG" - Ed. Versante Sud) at Centro Polifunzionale della Montagna
11am-5pm Judges at the base of the most difficult money-awarding boulders 9pm La Sportiva Party at Sasso Remenno Camp Site. Special Event: La Sportiva Slackline Contest
Sunday, May 10th – All to the Top
9am-3pm Bouldering time
10am-3pm Judges at the base of the most difficult money-awarding boulders
3pm Closing of the event at Centro Polifunzionale della Montagna. Money-prize awarding to the climbers who have sent the most difficult boulders and drawing of the gear-prizes for the lucky ones
The event will also be held in case of rain (be equipped for it). Participants must bring their own crash pads. The organisers disclaim all responsibility for any injury occurring to participants.
Weitere Infos: www.melloblocco.it
Melloblocco 2009 results:
Record number of climbers at the bouldering festival ...
It was meant to be a celebration and what a celebration it turned out to be! Once again Melloblocco lived up to all expectations and the sixth edition of this international bouldering meeting in Val Masino (Val di Mello) - organised by the Val Masino Town council – didn´t let anyone down.
More than 2500 registered climbers from all over Italy and 37 different countries were joined by at least another 3000 passionate boulderers in a grand finale to Sunday´s fourth and final day of the biggest bouldering meeting.
This event has slowly but surely become an unmissable occasion for all climbers and thanks to them the meeting has grown from strength to strength. This year the Melloblocco broke even the most ambitious of records and registered a record number of participants and an incredible number of young and extremely young climbers. This is indicative of the Melloblocco´s future. A great future!
The numbers demonstrate clearly that the event was a success. As does the number of foreign climbers who reached the valley early on Thursday to experience this adventure and collective celebration unfold day by day. Further proof of the success is how the valley welcomed the bouldering "tribe".
These people thanked the valley by leaving it as clean as they had found it. The marvellous natural habitat was respected fully and the cars were left firmly parked, as the Melloblocco had only one simple: reach the climbing areas on foot or via shuttle buses.
Yes because Val di Mello´s meadows, boulders, rock faces and beautiful waterfalls have only recently been transformed into Lombardy´s biggest Nature Reserve and the melloblockers celebrated in the best way possible by calling it their own and, above all, personally taking on the responsibility of defending and safeguarding its future.
Melloblocco 2009 will be remembered for all of this. For the 700 boulder problems, of which 300 were new for this edition. But also for the incredible performances of the many champions who, like every year, climbed along side other passionate climbers. One person in particular astonished all and his incredible magic is destined to remain etched in people´s memories for a long time to come.
We´re talking about the youngster who has become known to the media as the Harry Potter of climbing, we´re talking about Adam Ondra, the 16 year old from the Czech Republic who sent a record 8 special boulder problems. Set by Simone Pedeferri for the champion climbers, Ondra´s climbs were true magic and his ascents excited and amazed all.
As did those of the entire Russian female bouldering team. Olga Bibik, Yulia Abramchuk, Anna Gallyamova, Aleksandra Balakireva, Silvie Raifova and Natalya Vasylenko all sent all 8 female problems, as did Chloè Graftiaux from Belgium.
"It´s been beautiful, the valley and the Melloblocco are fantastic" is how Olga Bibik, the great Russian bouldering champion who took part in the event for the first time ever, described the meeting. We´re certain that this is also what the thousands of climbers thought who in these last four days were the main protagonists of this 6th Melloblocco! Val Masino and Val di Mello have already invited them for next year, for another great bouldering festival!
Alexandra Balakireva: 8; Silvie Rajfovà: 8; Yulia Abramchuck: 8; Olga Bibik: 8; Anna Gallyamova: 8; Chloè Graftiaux: 8
Adam Ondra: 8; Guillaume Glairon Mondet: 5; Alexey Rubtsov: 4; Sean Mc Coll: 3; Mykhaylo Shalagin: 3.
Adam Ondra (Czech Republic), Anne Laure Chevrier (France), Anthony Lamiche (France), Barbara Zangerl (Austria), Cedric Lachat (Switzerland), Christian Core (Savona), Daniel Woods (USA), Gabriele Moroni (Italy), Gareth Parry (United Kingdom), Giulia Giammarco (Italy), Guillaume Glairon Mondet (France), James Pearson (United Kingdom), Jenny Lavarda (Italy), Lucas Preti (Italy), Mauro Calibani (Italy), Michele Caminati (Parma), Nalle Hukkataival (Finland), Olga Bibik (Russia), Yulia Abramchuk (Russia)