Bouldering, or Sassissmo, is once again the name of the game during this 2nd edition of Melloblocco, the two-day international meeting which in 2004 attracted an extraordinary crowd of eager participants.
The Italian word Sassissmo, or bouldering, recalls the original practice of climbing boulders in the Mello Valley in the 1970's.
The Melloblocco participants are being offered over two hundred boulder problems ranging from 4a to 8b on the innumerous rocks scattered all over the meadows in the beautiful Mello Valley.
The problems, marked on a map given to each participant, will include both historical crux moves and brand new, unclimbed problems waiting to be solved by you. The most difficult boulder problems (4 for all and 2 for women only) entitle the solvers to share a jackpot in money, while prizes in climbing equipment will be drawn for the other participants.
The party on Saturday evening will be a pleasant moment to spend together, with music, dancing and videos.
Participants can find accommodation in the many hotels or campsites in the area.
Lombardy Mountain Guides
Saturday 7 May
09.00 Meeting at event office, registration (fee: 8 €), handing out of event kit.
10.30 Free-of-charge shuttle transport to Val di Mello. The shuttle bus service will run all day.
11.00-17.00 Bouldering Time!
Climb on the boulders marked on the map included in the event kit.
For the most difficult money-awarding boulders a judge will record the registration number of the climbers who succeed in the free-ascent.
22.00 Party time at the Centro Polifunzionale della Montagna with live music and films.
Sunday 8 May
10.00 - 15.00 Bouldering Time! The free-of-charge shuttle bus service will run all day.
17.00 Closing of the event, awards ceremony for the climbers who have sent the most difficult boulders, and gear prize draw for the lucky ones at Centro Polifunzionale della Montagna.
From France, Austria, Germany, Slovenia:
Reach Milan from one of the various Italian motorways, then take the ringroad and exit at Sesto San Giovanni for Lecco. Drive through Lecco and continue north towards Sondrio. Approx. 15km before Sondrio turn off left, following signs for Val di Mello-Val Masino immediately after the bridge. Continue to San Martino Valmasino with its hotels and camping ground. The event office is open from Friday May 6th at the Centro Polifunzionale della Montagna located in Filorera, 5 kilometers before San Martino Valmasino (tel +39 0342 640004)
(Infos about accommodation: Consorzio Turistico Porte di Valtellina +39 0342 601140)
Drive over the Maloja Pass or Bernina Pass down into Italy to reach Valtellina and Sondrio. Then contiune as above. Alternatively, drive over the Simplon Pass to reach Milan and continue north from here as explained above.
Rest of the world
The closest international airport is Milan Malpensa or Milan Linate. Fly to one of these two airports and rent a car to drive to San Martino.
The closest train station is Morbegno. An excellent bus service takes you from here to S. Martino.
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