From May 7-10, the Petzl Team is heading to Val Masino, Italy for the 6th annual Melloblocco international climbing festival. Each year over 2000 climbers, beginners and pros alike, come to check out the world-famous boulders set in a beautiful alpine valley.



  • Special moments with Philippe Ribiére - May the 08th, 19:00-19:30
    Basically Phillipe didn't have a single chance to become a rock climber at the start of his life. Born with a severe physical handicap it didn't look like he was ever going to mantle his way up a 7a boulder problem !!! With a huge dose of will power, and an artistic approach, he lives a true climber's life. Currently touring through Europe in a van with the goal to meet other climbers and share his experience, he is also completing his knowledge and vision of being handicapped through different countries and cultures. He will give a presentation on Friday evening, A great opportunity to stop complaining about everything and just love life the way it comes ... More info on Philippe's blog


  • Night Boulder Contest - May the 8th, 20:30-00:30
    This year at Melloblocco 2009 there will be a PETZL Night Bouldering Session with special award, possible with the help of the revolutionary headlamps made by PETZL. The same PETZL headlamps will be available for the LA SPORTIVA Slackline Contest to get to the other side of the Masino river by walking on a 25 m long slackline. Decription: the high-power ULTRA, 350 lumens, which makes every dynamic sport activity possible at night, including bouldering and slacklining.


  • Petzl Party - Saganass Sound System - May the 8th, 23:00
    Combining punchy electronic beats with percussions from the roots, the combination of Lafouche on the decks and Said Belhaj on the didj and percs will bring the energy for the whole festival. Whether exploring the depth of the voice of the didjeridoo or mastering the traditional Gnawa rhythms, Said is a true dedicated musician. Unfortunately he has an finger but he'll give his best on the vibes and come back later for vertical action! Philippe Ribiére will also be part of our show with his fire juggling skills.



  • Melloblocco presentation video
    To get psyched for this year’s event, check out this video from the 2005.