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Waiting for Melloblocco 2014
Photo by Simone Borroni
Waiting for Melloblocco 2014
Photo by Simone Borroni
Nicola Noè: waiting for Melloblocco 2014
Photo by Simone Borroni

For those who love Melloblocco... the journey begins

30.04.2014 by Planetmountain

Wednesday 30 April 2014. The 11th Melloblocco begins today at 21:00 in Val Masino - Val di Mello, Italy. The world's biggest and most famous bouldering meeting, organised by Associazione operatori Valmasino, will run until Sunday 4 May. 1969 climbers have pre-registered for the event, but the number of Melloblockers who will reach the valley is bound to rise.

Today marks the start of a new adventure. The location is, as always, Val Masino and the jewel in its crown, Val di Mello. The reason is the usual one: to take part in a ritual and meeting that has repeated itself for 11 years: Melloblocco. The bouldering event. The (unmissable) rendezvous for all those who interpret climbing as a game. For all those who throw their hearts beyond all climbing difficulties and believe that meeting others who share the same love is something intrinsically linked to happiness. For all of these people Mello is a journey, to go climbing, to meet up, to immerse into that natural universe of boulders that have plummeted from the sky, of fairy-tale rock faces and emerald-green forests and meadows that seem to be have been made specifically for climbing. And to be admired.

The Melloblocco formula is simple and unchanged. Boulderers (Melloblockers) converge to Val Masino from all over the world and from all of Italy. They come in vast numbers, of all ages, many are mere youngsters. Some come for the first time while others have never missed a meeting. There are champions and beginners. All have their own little big dream, their boulder (alias problem to solve) to conquest. Climbing is the name of the game four days, followed by climbing and... even more climbing. And then it's time to celebrate, to join others and listen to music, dance, watch films, meet the countless climbing stars. All of this is marked by freedom and free climbing with one single rule: respect for others and for Nature. Melloblocco is reached on foot or via the shuttle buses provided by the organisation while the valley, at the end of the “game”, remains exactly as is was before.

So things kick off today. Registration begins at 17:00 at the sports centre Centro Polifunzionale della Montagna at Filorera (Masino). At 18:30 the watercolour exhibition “AcquaMello” by Kim Sommerschield is inaugurated. At 21:00 the Melloblocco 2014 will be officially inaugurated and this will be followed by a concert by the Kreole Gang Band. And by the launch of the Chinese lanterns, another unmissable starting ritual for those who love Melloblocco.

Info and program on www.melloblocco.it


COMPETITION PROBLEMS
WOMEN
A Green Woman Zona Visido
B Cambia Ala Zona Visido
C Mare Nostrum Zona Visido
D La Bistecca Sasso Remenno
E La Vaca Mersa Sasso Remenno
F Jonny Crash Sasso Remenno
G Fuori Tra Le Stelle Sasso Remenno
H The Next Day Zona Climb For Life
I Long Nights Zona Bagni

MEN
L Green Man Zona Visido
M El Calamar Zona Visido
N Disco Inferno Sasso Remenno
O Off Width Belly Sasso Remenno
P Il Gioco Di Malpe Sasso Remenno
Q Hell Boy Sasso Remenno
R Trudi Zona Climb For Life
S Il Sogno Di Un Uomo Ridicolo Zona Bagni
T Il Cappone Zona Bagni


MELLOBLOCCO 2014

24/04/2014 - Less than a week to Melloblocco!
03/04/2014 - Melloblocco 2014 - simply climbing
16/01/2014 - Melloblocco 2014 - register now online!
10/04/2014 - Simone Pedeferri - behind the scenes of Melloblocco 2014

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