BD athletes Barbara Zangerl and Adam Ondra win at Melloblocco, world's largest climbing event in Italy
Black Diamond athlete Barbara Zangerl competed at Melloblocco, a massive bouldering event in Val Masino, Italy, and managed to power her way to a first place finish (as did fellow BD athlete Adam Ondra, for the Men’s division). Nice! Below is her report from the event—which once again reigned supreme as the world’s largest climbing event—as well as a video of her climbing one of the problems.
Just returned from Sardinia, right away we headed to the biggest international climbing meet, Melloblocco. Climbers traveled from 22 countries and about 10,000 people all told gathered in Val Masino. The organizers reported that all records were already broken on the second day. That makes Melloblocco 2011 the biggest climbing meet in the world! 2600 bouldering fans took part in the competition. Old and young, novices and pros spent three days on the boulders, either on the meadows of Val di Mello, at Bagni di Masino, at Remenno Rocks or in the Masino area. Of course tackling the hardest problem was the objective, too. For men and women there were eight competition boulders respectively.
With my sister Claudia I dove into the crowds for two days. The weather gave us nothing but sun and warm temperatures so nothing stood in the way of working out all day on the freshly cleaned boulders. This year there were some really beautiful and hard boulders in the mix again. The rocks were well spread over three areas. That thinned out the crowds, but there was no getting away from the flashing cameras.
On Saturday evening we met with the other Black Diamond athletes, Adam Ondra, Patxi Usobiaga, Pietro Dal Pra, Klemen Premrl and Dodo Kopold, at the BD booth and went to a giant party with great sound.
In the end, I climbed six of the eight boulders, and managed to flash three of them. So I won, together with Russian Alexandra Balakireva!
6 Boulder: Barbara Zangerl AUT (3 FLASH), Alexandra Balakireva RUS (1 FLASH)
4 Boulder: Roberta Longo ITA (1 FLASH)
2 Boulder: Anna Gallyamova RUS
1 Boulder: Anna Sorotokina RUS, Giovanna Pozzoli ITA, Natalia Vasylenko UKR, Paola Radice ITA, Raffaella Cottalorda ITA, Sara Morandi ITA
5 Boulder: Adam Ondra CZE (5 FLASH), Gabriele Moroni ITA (5 FLASH), Anthony Gullsten FIN (2 FLASH), Mauro Calibani ITA (2 FLASH), Michele Caminati ITA (2 FLASH)
4 Boulder: James Pearson GBR (2 FLASH), Riccardo Caprasecca ITA, 3 Boulders, Fabien Dugit FRA (1 FLASH), Andrea Latini ITA, Carlo Giuliberti ITA, Enrico Baistrocchi ITA, Giovanni Pezzullo ITA, Marco Giorgio ITA, Matteo Sera ITA, Silvio Reffo ITA, Simone Raina ITA, Stephane Dugit FRA, Vilimantas Petrasiunas LIT, Giulio Bertola ITA
2 Boulder: Chris Sharma USA (2 FLASH), Gianluigi Tonoli ITA(1 FLASH), Diego Sirtori ITA, Dmitry Sarapaev RUS, Jan Haiko AUT, Marcello Bruccini ITA, Marco Gualtieri ITA, Pietro Tonoli ITA, Samuele Carducci ITA, Sebastian Bush ITA
1 Boulder: Alberto Milani ITA, Fabio Sciandrello ITA, Cristian Brenna ITA, Francesco Bosio ITA, Luca Gatti ITA, Luca Rinaldi ITA, Oscar Amici ITA, Paolo Spreafico ITA, Leonardo Gontero ITA, Tiziano Buccella ITA, Peter Plant ITA