|Valdo Chiese and Silvio Reffo celebrated the end of 2006 and the start of 2007 in style! The young Italians, 17 and 16 respectively, finished the year off with an impressive number of high end repeats.
For Valdo Chilese the golden quarter started in October, when he sent his first ever 8b+, "Shalom" at the Covolo in Vicenza's foothilss. In December he travelled to Lumignano where, in not perfect conditions, he succeeded in a rare repeat of the historic "Mare Allucinante" 8b+. On the same legendary red limestone wall Valdo then sent his third 8b+, "La Stangata" 11th go (distributed over 3 days stolen from school!). The latest vertical news confirm his excellent form, with a flash ascent of "Roccia Viva" 8a+ at Fonzaso.
Valdo's climbing partner Silvio Reffo certainly didn't just sit there and belay: other these last few months he sent "Super Titti", 8a+ at the Covolo and "Boomerang" 8a+ at Lumignagno. And last Sunday he too repeated "Mare Allucinante". This infamous route was one of the hardest in the country and in many respects still remains an important testpiece. Equipped by Swiss Martin Scheel, it was freed in 1987 by the 16 year old Pietro dal Prà. Throughout its 19 year history it counts no more than a dozen ascents...
Congratulations to both and good luck for the future!