Melloblocco 2012: Day One and the sea of new boulder problems

Numerous Melloblockers have already arrived Val Masino - Val di Mello to inaugurate Melloblocco 2012. The magnificent, new boulder problems of this 9th edition have been revealed, as well as those used for the competition. As always, these are all marked on the treasure map drawn by master route setter and artist Simone Pedeferri.

Melloblocco 2012 Map Straight off: there are 120 brand new boulder problems which, added to the circa 2000 other problems in the valley, provide a playing field which is enough to satisfy even… the biggest crowds. So: all you need is a bit of imagination and you'll have plenty of space to yourselves and rocks to climb on. Even for the most demanding won't be disappointed.

The new area is at Bregolana: located between San Martino and Bagni di Masino, this area is close to the Lo Scoiattolo campsite and immediately benath the rock face called Coda del Dinosauro – the tail of the dinosaur – one of the most popular climbs in the entire Val Masino – Val di Mello. It's worth noting that this is a interesting combination of bouldering and walking, and in order to reach the right suppleness (both physical and spiritual), we recommend the walk up the old path which leads from San Martino to Bagni di Masino. Then, after having given it all in the art climbing, we recommend the pleasant linkup from Bregolana to Val di Mello which is reached via a flat and scenic, 15 minute walk. Here you can continue with another bouldering session or simply admire this valley of wonders.

Talking about natural wonders: the problems set for the "competition" are promising indeed. This year there are 18 problems in total, 9 for the women and 9 for the men. One more in both categories compared to the previous editions. How come? "Because," replied Simon Pedeferri a.k.a. the Val di Mello master route setter, "they're all so beautiful that I couldn't keep them a secret!" The scene is set for a great battle: let the games begin!

The date is set from 3 – 6 May in Val Masino, for the ninth edition of Melloblocco.

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