The seventh edition of the world's biggest international bouldering meeting took place last weekend in the picturesque val Masimo and val di Mello valleys, Italy. Although every weather forecast last week led to inclement weather during the weekend, the young and multi-colored international crowd of boulderers did not miss their appointment. There were more than 2,000 registered participants, and more than 3,500 people in the valley altogether. The pouring rain did not prevent boulder addicts from trying the hundreds of new problems set by the meeting's technical manager, climber and painter Simone Pedeferri. The rare sun spurts quickly dried the granite boulders, making it possible for everyone to spot and climb their boulder problems. Jenny Lavarda, Adam Ondra, Enzo Oddo, Yulia Abramchuk, Chloè Graftiaux and Barbara Zangerl where among the registered climbers. Adam Ondra was yet again one of the brightest stars during Melloblocco. His efforts were truly magic, and his ascents excited and amazed all.
Each year, Melloblocco sees many top climbers, and although their presence is important, what makes the gathering so special is those 2,000 or so other melloblockers. The fantastic, picnic-like atmosphere is down to those great people, and thanks to them the meeting has grown each year!
It is really hard to put into words what is so special about Melloblocco. To understand this phenomenon, one needs to be there and experience it for itself.
Fantastic multimedia presentations given by Phillipe Ribbiere, Nicolas Favresse, and Iker and Eneko Pou were attended by many and were great attractions each evening.
In 2010, La Sportiva was again the main sponsor of the event. The company based in Ziano di Fiemme (TN) presented two of its latest models: Katana Laces, climbing shoes on the market from next May and, for the first time in the world, the brand new Miura VS Woman, the lady version in shape and appeal of the Miura VS.
Some of the big names at the seventh edition of Melloblocco:
Adam Ondra (Czech Republic), Anne Laure Chevrier (France), Barbara Zangerl (Austria), Gabriele Moroni (Italy), Guillaume Glairon Mondet (France), James Pearson (UK), Jenny Lavarda (Italy), Mauro Calibani (Italy), Michele Caminati (Italy), Nicolas Favresse (Belgium),Yulia Abramchuk (Russia), Emeline Thomas (France), Silvie Rajfova (Czech Republic), Alexandra Balakireva (Russia), Rustam Gelmanov (Russia), Kilian Fischhuber (Austria), Joerg Verhoeven (The Netherlands), Johanna Ernst (Austria), Iker Pou (Spain), Eneko Pou (Spain), Said Belhaj (Sweden), Fabien Dugit (France), Stephane Dugit (France), Cody Roth (USA), Jerome Meyer (France)