Nature, smiles, passion were the main ingredients of this new appointment on the rocks of the Alps (photo by André Dujani).
Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 in Le Pont di Valsavarenche (AO) first edition of GRANPABLOK, bouldering meeting in the heart of the Gran Paradiso National Park, with the participation of the Tourism Department and Cultural Heritage of the Valle d’Aosta region, the Municipality of Valsavarenche and the Fondation Grand Paradis as well as technical sponsors.
Cool climate at almost 2000 meters of altitude and postcard location, all factors that contributed to the success of Granpablok2019, promoting this corner of Valle d’Aosta devoted to bouldering.
More than 40 participants from Liguria, Piedmont, Lombardy, Emilia Romagna, in addition to the Aosta Valley, have discovered and freed, with the help of the organizers, numerous boulders, opening more than 50 new lines of all difficulties from 5c to 7b +.
A lot of enthusiasm for the place and the formula.
Michele Bono (national youth team) wrote that he will definitely return next year because he had so much fun opening lines he made a dozen. The block where we took pictures that Friday with the trackers called it “Elementals” with six lines of water, fire, steam, air, earth and the beam with about 20 movements “the alchemist”.
On YouTube – GranPaBlock (Stefano Giunti) there are a large number of lines freed by the Parma group (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTQOVwr9IDM)
On Sunday, a bouldering contest with spectacular qualifications on natural boulders and an exciting final on an artificial structure where Ligurian Giulia Costaguta and the Piedmontese Davide Bassotto won.
The impeccable organizers have enthusiastically guided the whole event, which is highly appreciated by the participants and by the many curious tourists. See you in 2020 !!!
(See photo gallery here)
The area is located at the bottom of the Valsavarenche (where there is the parking for the ref. Viittorio Emanuele II), departure for the ascent to the Gran Paradiso. It is a glacial plain at almost 2000 meters of altitude strewn with masses of ancient landslides, some sharp and angular with slits to scream others rounded and smoothed by the glaciers. in an area of about 2 sq. km there will be perhaps 100/150 boulders almost all never touched by boulderers, huge potential of the area and “leitmotiv” of the event: finding, cleaning and freeing “JOYFUL” together. In this first edition about 60 lines have been cleaned and freed (from 5c to 7b + to be repeated) and we are working to publish them. The climbing areas are logical and clearly visible, strange that nobody (apart from some super passionate, there are lines 30 years old) has ever enhanced the site. In the two days of gathering everyone realized the context and the blocks, it was necessary to leave. To sleep and eat: 3 campsites in the area as well as a low-altitude refuge TETRAS LYRE (exceptional) and a hotel, you forget about the car !!! The farthest stone is at 10 min. walk flat on the farm road !!!
PODIUM GRANPABLOK 2019 COMP
- 1st GIULIA COSTAGUTA
- 2nd ALESSANDRA GIANATTI
- 3rd VICTORY BRESCI
- 1st DAVIDE BASSOTTO
- 2nd MICHELE BONO
- 3rd LUCA MALOSTI