Beginning with the registered climbers: the meeting in Val di Mello and Val Masino (Valtellina, Sondrio) is twenty days away and more than 1700 boulderers have already said "I'll be there". And this number is destined to rise considerably. But more than this record quantity, it is the quality of being together that has always been central to Melloblocco. Perhaps this explains why "Mello" became, right from the very beginning, a fixed date in everyone's climbing diaries.
It comes as no surprise therefore that there is a real and tangible Melloblocco "Bouldering Community" which, year in year out, meets up and savours Val di Mello, the valley of wonders. To climb, hang out together, have fun and also delve into the "culture of climbing" and to celebrate Val di Mello's great nature and its Nature Reserve. Once again Melloblocco will provide clearly marked parking areas (even bigger this year) and it will also increase the number of shuttle buses to reduce traffic and guarantee a minimum impact on the valley.
It will all begin on Thursday 3 May when the "Melloblockers" travel from all over Italy and the rest of the world to reach the valley. They will be met, as usual, by the local Val Masino volunteers and the valley itself which has, in all effects, married the Melloblocco event. And of course there will be a thousand and one boulders and problems (many of which completely new and set specifically for this occasion) on which the boulderers will unleash their art and love for climbing.
Just like every year there will be great champions as well as those who have transformed their love for climbing into a way of living. And there will also be teenagers, youngsters and complete beginners who'll climb alongside experienced boulderers. And there'll be events, evening films, travelling musicians, "competitions" and "counter-competitions", exhibitions, concerts, parties and those truly special slack-line sessions.
Four intense days await which, up to Sunday 6 May, will witness Val Masino fill up with climbers who transform into the real protagonists of the event. Taking part is easy, all you need to do is click to register on www.melloblocco.it. Then you'll need a pair of climbing shoes and, above all, an overwhelming desire to spend time with others, to climb freely and respect nature and the great Melloblocco Bouldering Community.
When: 3 – 6 May 2012
Where: Val di Mello / Val Masino (Valtellina, Sondrio, Italy)
What: the world's biggest bouldering meeting
Who: for all those who love bouldering, from across the globe
What for: climb the numerous boulders in the valley
Organisation: Associazione Operatori Val Masino
Melloblocco is open to all: info, programme, registration on the official website www.melloblocco.it</a>