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MelloBlocco 2015: Report

The biggest bouldering festival in the world took place last weekend and, in its twelfth year was a roaring success – again! MelloBlocco, held in the three joining areas of Valdimasino, Terme De Bagni and the Val Di Mello is an annual climbing event attracting thousands of psyched boulderers and climbers from all over the world, from brand new members of the community through to the very best on the planet. 

Anna Laitinen FIN grappling with ‘Lista Di Puma.’, 228 kb
Anna Laitinen FIN grappling with ‘Lista Di Puma.’
© Liam Lonsdale

This year was no different with names like Nalle Hukkataival, Adam Ondra, Barbara Zangerl and Katha Saurwein on the list of registered climbers and another +9000 people in the valley, all keen to get involved too.

Leah Crane GB on the long traverse of Smetto Quando Voglio., 205 kb
Leah Crane GB on the long traverse of Smetto Quando Voglio.
© Liam Lonsdale

Whilst the MelloBlocco event is primarily known as a competition, the vast majority turn up simply to soak up the festival atmosphere and stunning scenery. With parties, lectures, shops, food and a lifetime's supply of stunning boulders, there is plenty for everyone to get stuck into.

Jorg Verhoeven NED on the notoriously difficult, ‘The Crystal Ship’, 184 kb
Jorg Verhoeven NED on the notoriously difficult, ‘The Crystal Ship’
© Liam Lonsdale

As always the conditions in the valley were fickle, with blazing sunshine one minute and torrential downpours the next. The ‘pro’ climbers showed determination and tenacity to climb in all conditions and the other festival goers were rewarded with some impressive spectacles of strength, technique and plenty of ‘extra-curricular’ activities to boot.

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Katha Saurwein AUT, who finished second overall, topping out ‘Il Quadrifoglio’ in the Val Di Mello
© Liam Lonsdale

The format of the competition is a little different to what many will be used to, with all the competing climbers battling to top as many of the 10 competition boulders as they can. Each boulder problem has an allotted prize fund, which is then divided between the successful ‘senders’ at the end of the competition.

Nalle Hukkataival FIN flashing ‘Toro’ at MelloBlocco 2015, 144 kb
Nalle Hukkataival FIN flashing ‘Toro’ at MelloBlocco 2015
© Liam Lonsdale

The results of the competition are as follows:

MEN

1 Adam Ondra CZ

2 Anthony Gullsten FIN

3 Martin Stranik CZ

4 Stefano Ghisolfi ITA

5 Gabriele Moroni ITA

6 Jacopo Larcher ITA

7 Nalle Hukkataival FIN

8 Stefan Scarperi ITA

9 Jorg Verhoeven NED

10 Vilimantas Pertrasiunas LIT

WOMEN

1 Janja Gambret SLO

2 Katharina Saurwein AUT

3 Barbara Zangerl AUT

4 Jenny Lavarda ITA

5 Elena Chiappa ITA

6 Giada Zampa ITA

7 Kaddi Lehman GER

8 Michelle Theisen DK

9 Raffaella Cottalorda ITA

10 Caroline Sinno FRA

The top 10 male and female competitors at this year's MelloBlocco, 181 kb
The top 10 male and female competitors at this year's MelloBlocco
© Liam Lonsdale

To see more updates about the event go to www.melloblocco.it or check out the Marmot facebook page: www.facebook.com/marmot.mountain.europe 

 

 



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