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Melloblocco 2015: World’s Largest International Bouldering Festival

Nearly 2,500 climbers descended on Val Masino and Val di Mello, Italy, April 30 through May 3 for the world’s largest bouldering meet - Melloblocco 2015.

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Nalle Hukkataival at Melloblocco 2015. Photo courtesy of Melloblocco 2015. Nearly 2,500 climbers descended on Val Masino and Val di Mello, Italy, April 30 through May 3 for the world’s largest bouldering meet – Melloblocco 2015.

Climbing superstars like Adam Ondra, Nalle Hukkataival and Jacopo Larcher joined the masses for the four-day celebration featuring live music, climbing competitions and slideshows.

The festival culminated in a grand finale on Sunday with a four-way tie in the men’s category and a Janja Garnbret win for the women. Garnbret topped-out on seven of the 10 hardest boulders for the women while Katharina Saurwein followed by topping out on six.

In the men’s category, Anthony Gullsten jumped to an early lead, completing 9 of the 10 most difficult problems for the men. But late-in-the-day comebacks rewarded Adam Ondra, Stefano Ghisolfi and Martin Stranik a spot on the podium with Gullsten.

The 12th season of Melloblocco came to a close Sunday night with an awards ceremony and party. Since it began in 2004, the competition has slowly gained popularity, with climbers now representing 25 different countries.


Adam Ondra Flashes Metodo Iperespresso (8a/V11) during the 2015 Melloblocco Festival: