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Tomorrow heralds the start in Italy’s Val Masino – Val di Mello on Melloblocco 2017, the world’s most famous international climbing meeting. Over 2000 climbers have already registered for the 14th edition.

Melloblocco 2017 kicks off in Val Masino and Val di Mello, Italy, tomorrow. Since its beginnings in 2004 this event has transformed into the biggest bouldering - and climbing - meeting in the world. At present over 2000 climbers have registered for the 14th edition and even Germany’s "wunderkind" Alexander Megos has failed to resist the call… no doubt he’l be one of the stars this year.

The full program is published below and includes, as announced, the Italian Bouldering Championship and a series of other side events and evenings lectures with Rolando Larcher, Robert Jasper, Stefano Ghisolfi, Gabriele Moroni, Jernej Kruder and the Ragni di Lecco climbers Paolo Marazzi, Matteo Della Bordella and Matteo De Zaiacomo. Apart from the Mellobaby event for children there a other interesting novelties, such as Mello-FA (for beginners who want to learn how to climb with the Val di Mello mountain guides) and also the Mellojunior boulder contest for all under-14 climbers.

Info and pre-registration: www.melloblocco.it

PROGRAM MELLOBLOCCO® INTERNATIONAL BOULDERING MEETING
14th Edition – Val Masino, Italy – May 11th-14th 2017

The events will take place at Melloblocco® Village, at Centro Polifunzionale della Montagna. Please read carefully the notices at the bottom of this page.

Thursday, May 11th – Melloblocco 2017 – Start!

8-10 Mello-Power Yoga pro-climb with Barbara Centinara – Centro Polifunzionale gym.
9 Opening of Melloblocco Village.
9-22 Melloblocco 2017 registration at the Melloblocco Stand – Melloblocco Village Garden.
9-18 Bouldering time – climbing on Melloblocco 2017 boulders as well as on the "Valley-masterpiece circuits" ("Boulders play" , "Sassisiti" , "Melat" and "Gigiat") with the APP Melloblocco Smart Climbing Festival.
10-16 Field test Melloblocco 2017 … SCARPA Shoes, OCUN shoes, harnesses and crash pads ; LA SPORTIVA Shoes, ADIDAS equipment, PETZL Crash Pad – Melloblocco Village.
New Grigri+ and Sirocco helmet PETZL – at Sasso Remenno (the products provided by the companies must be returned each day). In case of bad weather the tests will be held in the gym of Centro Polifunzionale.
11-18 Judges at Melloblocco 2017 "Prize-awarding boulders". Self certification video in daylight only is allowed for ascents out of the judges time.*
17 Live – music, drinks, videos and events at Melloblocco Village.
17-18 Mello-Power Yoga pro-climb with Barbara Centinara – Centro Polifunzionale gym.
18 Mello Contest – Zlagboard contest at Vertical Life stand – Melloblocco Village garden.
20.30 Melloblocco presents "Art and Color" preview – Sculpture, Painting and photography exibition of our valleys of various artists – at Centro Polifunzionale 1st floor.
21:00 "The Melloblocco great evening shows" – Centro Polifunzionale gym.
21:00 The "Gruppo Ragni della Grignetta" presents "The Granites of the world: KIRGHIZISTAN, GROENLANDIA e VAL DI MELLO" – Centro Polifunzionale gym.
22:30 Dj Set – Electroswing and techouse – Shar-one – Melloblocco Village.

Friday, May 12th – Melloblocco 2017 – Get into the game
8-10
Mello-Power Yoga pro-climb with Barbara Centinara – Centro Polifunzionale gym.
9-22 Melloblocco 2017 registration at the Melloblocco Stand – Melloblocco Village Garden.
9-18 Bouldering time – climbing on Melloblocco 2017 boulders as well as on the "Valley-masterpiece circuits" ("Boulders play" , "Sassisiti" , "Melat" and "Gigiat") with the APP Melloblocco Smart Climbing Festival.
9 Opening of qualifications of Italian Boulder Championship.
10-18 Judges at Melloblocco 2017 "Prize-awarding boulders". Self certification video in daylight only is allowed for ascents out of the judges time.*
10-14 Mellopark & Mellojunior – at "Camping Sasso Remenno Area" – Enjoy bouldering with the Alpine Guides of "Val di Mello"; "Mello-FA" – First Approach – registration and meeting point at Melloblocco stand at Melloblocco Village.
10-16 Field test Melloblocco 2017 … SCARPA Shoes, OCUN shoes, harnesses and crash pads ; LA SPORTIVA Shoes, ADIDAS equipment, PETZL Crash Pad – Melloblocco Village.
New Grigri+ and Sirocco helmet PETZL – at Sasso Remenno (the products provided by the companies must be returned each day). In case of bad weather the tests will be held in the gym of Centro Polifunzionale.
17 Live – music, drinks, videos and events at Melloblocco Village.
17-18 Mello-Power Yoga pro-climb with Barbara Centinara – Centro Polifunzionale gym.
18 Mello Contest – Zlagboard contest at Vertical life stand – Melloblocco Village garden
18-19 Wood*ing presents: Wild Aperitif – Natural Food Area Melloblocco Village Garden.
18.30 Seminary "The ethics of Yoga in climbing" with Alberto Milani at Centro Polifunzionale 1st floor.
19.00-20.00 Workshop: Hugo Pilcher, EpicTV Head of Content, presents "The Art Of Storytelling in Climbing Filmmaking" – at Centro Polifunzionale 1st floor.
20.30 "The Melloblocco great evening shows" – Centro Polifunzionale gym.
20.30-21.30 ERSAF – Documentary projection "Making an ancient forest" Rita Schlamberger, presented to SONDRIO FESTIVAL – International exibition of park documentaries, with Centro Documentazione Aree Protette – Sondrio – Centro Polifunzionale gym.
21.30 Stefano Ghisolfi talk about him – with La Sportiva – Centro Polifunzionale gym.
22.00 Alban Levier talk about his climbing "Fontainbleau and Majorca" and Oxi Shoes – with Ocun – at Centro Polifunzionale gym.
22.30 Rolando Larcher "Travel to climb or climb to travel? Sports mountaineering stories – with Petzl – Centro Polifunzionale gym.
22.30 Live Band: Black Shiver – Marquee at Melloblocco Village Market Area.
00 Dj set – Electronics-minimal techno Ciski – Marquee at Melloblocco Village Market Area.

Saturday May 13th – Melloblocco 2017 – Party-time!
9-22 Melloblocco 2017 registration at the Melloblocco Stand – Melloblocco Village Garden
9-18 Bouldering time – climbing on Melloblocco 2017 boulders as well as on the "Valley-masterpiece circuits" ("Boulders play" , "Sassisiti" , "Melat" and "Gigiat") with the APP Melloblocco Smart Climbing Festival.
10-18 Judges at Melloblocco 2017 "Prize-awarding boulders". Self certification video in daylight only is allowed for ascents out of the judges time.*
10.00 "Yoga session on the top of Sasso Remenno" Alberto Milani with Versante Sud – at Sasso Remenno.
10-14 Mellopark&Mellojunior – at "Camping Sasso Remenno Area" – Enjoy bouldering with the Alpine Guides of "Val di Mello"; "Mello-FA" – First Approach – registration and meeting point at Melloblocco stand at Melloblocco Village.
10-16 Field test Melloblocco 2017 … SCARPA Shoes, OCUN shoes, harnesses and crash pads ; LA SPORTIVA Shoes, ADIDAS equipment, PETZL Crash Pad – Melloblocco Village.
New Grigri+ and Sirocco helmet PETZL; Matik device test by CAMP – at Sasso Remenno (the products provided by the companies must be returned each day). In case of bad weather the tests will be held in the gym of Centro Polifunzionale.
11-17 Special Event Cassin Block.
11.00 Start male and female semi-finals of Italian Boulder Championship.
17 Live – music, drinks, videos and events at Melloblocco Village
17-18 Mello Yoga Masterclass Yoga with Laura Visinoni – at Centro Polifunzionale gym.
17-18.30 Seminary and Workshop with Kelios Bonetti MD, PHD orthopedic and traumatology, expert in climbing pathology – at Centro Polifunzionale 1st floor.
18.00 Mello Contest – Zlagboard contest at Vertical Life stand – Melloblocco Village garden.
18.30-20.30 Final of Italian Boulder Championship.
18.30-20.30 Natura sì and Isola Bio presents "bio harmony Aperitif"- Natural Food Area Melloblocco Village Garden.
21.00 "The Melloblocco great evening shows" – Centro Polifunzionale gym.
21.00 Gabriele Moroni and Jernej Kruder present video "Es Pontas" – with Scarpa – at Centro Polifunzionale gym.
21:30 Robert Jasper presents "The Eiger north face" – with Marmot – at Centro Polifunzionale gym.
22.15 Prize awarding ceremony of Italian Boulder Championship – Centro Polifunzionale gym.
22:30 Matteo Della Bordella e Matteo De Zaiacomo (Ragni di Lecco) present "Expedition on Buffin Island (Canada)" – with Adidas – at Centro Polifunzionale gym.
22.30 "Forestal drink" by Wood*ing – At ERSAF stand.
23:00 Go… With Climbing Radio –Live Band Wrong Maess – Marquee at Melloblocco Village Market.
00:00 Dj set – Analogicall dj Wind&Hofmann – Marquee at Melloblocco Village Market.
02:00 Dj set – A.J.Over – Marquee at Melloblocco Village Market.

Sunday May 14th – Melloblocco 2017 – The drawing of the curtains
8-9
Mello yoga pre-climb with Alberto Milani – Centro polifunzionale gym.
9-12 Melloblocco 2017 registration at the Melloblocco Stand – Melloblocco Village Garden Iscrizione Melloblocco 2017.
9-15 Bouldering time – climbing on Melloblocco 2017 boulders as well as on the "Valley-masterpiece circuits" ("Boulders play" , "Sassisiti" , "Melat" and "Gigiat") with the APP Melloblocco Smart Climbing Festival.
10.00 Mellobaby for kids, with the Studio Marchetti – Registration and meeting point at Melloblocco stand at Melloblocco Village.
10.00-12.00 Foraging by Wood*ing – The forest feeds the planet – free – Registration and meeting at ERSAF Stand.
10-15 Judges at Melloblocco 2017 "Prize-awarding boulders". Self certification video in daylight only is allowed for ascents out of the judges time.*
10-15 Field test Melloblocco 2017 … SCARPA Shoes, OCUN shoes, harnesses and crash pads ; LA SPORTIVA Shoes, ADIDAS equipment, PETZL Crash Pad – Melloblocco Village.
New Grigri+ and helmet PETZL – at Sasso Remenno (the products provided by the companies must be returned each day). In case of bad weather the tests will be held in the gym of Centro Polifunzionale.
16-17 Prize awarding ceremony: 1st drawing, Valley-masterpiece circuits awarding, Special Prize Red Bull, Prize-awarding Boulders ceremony, final drawing and closure of Melloblocco 2017.

*Self-certification video rules: video in day-light only in any digital format, from the start to the top of the prize-awarding Boulder. From 6.00 pm on Thursday May 11; video delivering and video checking with a judge within 9 pm on the same day of the ascent (3:30 pm on Sunday, May 14th) at the Melloblocco gazebo at the Village of the Centro Polifunzionale della Montagna.

GENERAL INFO
- Please keep the numbered coupon attached to the map for the Sunday price draw.
- Please note that the Mello map allows to free rides on the Melloblocco shuttles to the bouldering areas.
- Melloblocco is for all: a "meeting" of champs, athletes, amateurs and absolute beginners. There are about ten marked hard-to-extreme boulders for each category – women and men – with a prize money which is going to be divided among those who send them.

TRANSPORT
- Throughout the event, free-of-charge shuttle transfer for the Melloblocco® participants to the boulder areas: non stop from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.. Also, a minibus-shuttle service is granted from and to Morbegno railway station in the days of the event.

NOTICE
- N.B.: the event is for climbers over 18; minors should be accompanied by a parent
- Beware: the road to Val di Mello is closed to unauthorized cars.
- Beware: camping is forbidden outside the camp-sites.
- The event will also be held in case of rain (be equipped for it).
- Participants must bring their own crash pads.
- The organizers disclaim all responsibility for any injury occurring to participants.

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