Daniel Woods climbing at Melloblocco.Photo courtesy of www.melloblocco.it.
If you thought the late, lamented Phoenix Bouldering Contest was a big deal, check out the 3rd annual Melloblocco, which went off last weekend high in northern Italy’s Val di Mello. Nearly 1,000 registered climbers showed up for the two-day bouldering event, despite a gloomy forecast that cut expected attendance by about one-third. Along with non-registered climbers and spectators, total attendance was estimated at well over 2,000.
Many of the world’s top boulderers were also in the valley, drawn by an outdoor competition on the granite blocks and by a World Cup next weekend in nearby Rovereto. U.S. Climbing Team members Daniel Woods and Brian Kim both completed three of the six competition problems; Italian Mauro Calibani and Frenchman Toni Lamiche finished all six of the problems. Barbara Zangerl of Austria did all four of the women’s problems, flashing two of them.
See http://www.melloblocco.it/ for more info and a slide show from the event.