Today promises to me a great day at Melloblocco, one that will be remembered for a long time. The sun is currently shining in Val Masino and the Melloblockers continue to arrive. 2300 climbers have officially registered for the event, and this goes to show how powerful the Mello attraction is!
Climbing has already being on the the thousands of problems within the valley. Of course, all eyes are on the competition problems and all the top climbers are already out there. And, it’s no secret, the provisional leaders are out to win the grand slam, i.e. to complete all 9 set aside for the competition this year.
Men’s pole position is currently occupied, both with 5 tops, by Gabriele Moroni (highly motivated and on great form) and Stefano Ghisolfi intent on confirming last year’s victory. 5 tops were also sent by Jenny Lavarda (truly determined), super Barbara Zangerl, ever-strong Mélissa Le Nevé and the evergreen Yulia Abramchuk. But the game has only just begun because the leaders will be followed by those (such as Silvio Reffo) who reached the valley last night and are itching to get… climbing. And more top climbers are expected soon!
Talking about last night: the Mello people gave a standing ovation to Stefan Glowacz and his adventures on Baffin island. This was followed by the amazing party that included numerous “inventions” such as the improvised climbing under the bench competition (that more often than not ended up in the mud) and the pull-up meeting. It seemed as if all this was Saturday night’s party. Who knows what’ll happen this evening.