Here's a video that we put together showcasing Melloblocco 2011. We made so many new friends and had a truly amazing time. The video is also a way of us thanking our "Italian family" at Centro Della Montagna for being so kind and sympathetic to us over the past month. Iris, Massimo and Eleanora...They let us charge our camera batteries, take showers, cooked us some amazing meals and organised a pair of goggles for us when we lost the central locking device in the river, when filming Glacial River Surfing (coming soon)! Without their help this leg of the trip would not have been documented as well as it has and we wouldn't be able to get into the van without breaking into it. We can't thank you enough, we will miss you guys. Lots of love, Chris and Greg
We would also like to thank Francesca Benedetti and the Cassin team for donating us a new boulder pad after someone stole ours. Thank you so much!
Tuesday, 24 May 2011
Chris working a classic Fred Nichole problem (Font)
Greg in front of Fort Victor Emmanuel.
Fort Victor Emmanuel
"Primary colour man" holding the tower of Pisa in a vice-like grip!
More tourist shots.
First day in Rome
The "Da Vinci Code" fountain at Piazza Navona
Man wearing baseball cap in front of fountain
Chris doing a good impression of a tourist at Piazza Navona
Chris in awe of the Pantheons dome and oculus
Inside the Pantheon
Chris against the background of granite columns
A canoeist enjoying the Tiber River with the Vatican in the background.
Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II
From Monument Vittorio Emanuele II towards the Colosseum.
Vittorio Emanuele II Monument
Chris psyched about the Colosseum
Poser in Colosseum
"No, no, no. No Climbing"
The Trevi Fountain. Mightily impressive
Piazza della Repubblica
Striking a pose
A large "gravy boat" found at the bottom of the Spanish Steps
The Spanish Steps
Piazza di Spagna
Man standing straight
A beautiful erm... Skyline
Whoop Whoop. At the Vatican
If you look carefully you'll see a fountain
Rather bland ceiling
Heavenly shot from inside St Peter's Basilica
St Peter's Basilica
The model was very professional but the pigeons had to be coerced for the perfect shot.
Not quite Saint-Tropez. Sunbathing at a petrol station.
Breakfast time in Val Masino
A natural cross carved into the mountain. Amazing!
Greg making friends with the local goat population.
Mountain river. Val di Mello
Long exposure shot of the skies above our camp
Ivo giving bread...
African drums during the Meloblocco festival. Very atmospheric!
Chris making a point..
The Crazy Austrian - Dominic
Iris and Eleanora serving customers
Massimo - Our Brutha
Registration at Melloblocco 2011
Daniele serving beer
From left to right - Cherry-Pie, Hannah, Darren, Greg, Chris and Dominic
Andy (Squeef) drawing a crowd on Megalodonte (Mens comp problem)
Chris projecting Unit Production (8A+)
Greg holding the tension on Variante Ascari (7C)
Ben in a compromising position...enough said!
Adam "The Crusher" Watson on Il Brutto (8A)
Meal Time in Val Di Mello
Heroes of the day - CASSIN!!!
Chris thanking Francesca Benedetti of CASSIN (at the prize-giving ceremony of Melloblocco 2011) for donating us a new boulder pad after our's was stolen in the night
Chris and Greg with the bella Francesca Benedetti of Cassin :0)
CHEERS!!! from left to right -Adam, Cherry-Pie, Darren, Greg, Squeef, Random Person, Ivo and Ahikam
The signing of the pad
Adam on Diamante Sabbia (8A)
Our informal settlement next to La Strapiombo
Vagrant sleeping under Tarp (RIP)
A beautiful picture of Tarp - you will be missed by many...
Impatient Chris eyeing up Massimo's arm
The guys waiting for their burgers (Burger Monday - Week 3)
Adam passing on "The Stick of Power"!
Primitive man wielding the power of the stick!
The pose off
Our extended family departs - sad times...
The aftermath of Squeef trying to burn down our van. Chris's towel pays the ultimate sacrifice in dowsing the flames. Close call!
"Frogman". After losing the central locking device in the Glacial river Greg redeems himself by braving the icy cold water to retrieve said locking device.
Centro Della Montagna
Chris working Bad Ass (8A)
Massimo jolling the Digiridoo
Our Italian Family - Massimo, Chris, Iris, Eleanora and Greg