Sportroccia was the first international competition of rock climbing and was held for four editions in Bardonecchia and Arco.


The first edition of Sportroccia was organized in 1985 on the initiative of Andrea Mellano, a strong climber of the '60s and a member of the Italian Academic Alpine Club, and the journalist and writer Emmanuel Cassara. The jury was composed of Riccardo Cassin, Oscar Soravito, Maurizio Zanolla and Heinz Mariacher.[1] The competition was contested on the Wall of the Soldiers in Valle Stretta, near Bardonecchia. The fact that the races were held on the rock and not on artificial walls put the organizers in the vanguard of several issues that eventually led to moving climbing competitions to artificial walls only.

  • In 1985 and 1986, Sportroccia was also used to proclaim the Italian champion, giving the title to the best Italian athletes within the competition.
  • In 1986, the event was divided into two stages: the first in Arco on the wall of Colodri, the second in Bardonecchia.
  • In 1987, Sportroccia gave way for the first time to Rock Master in Arco, but the event was still held on the rock, not yet on an artificial wall.
  • In 1988 began the artificial wall era.
  • In 1989 the competition became a stage of the newly formed World Cup of rock climbing.
  • In 2005, during the annual events, a conference was held in Bardonecchia, called "1985-2005 Sportroccia twenty years after, the future of sport climbing."[2]


Sportroccia 85Edit

The competition was held from July 5 to 7.

Best Italian (men): Roberto Bassi (7th), Andrea Gallo (8th).

Pos. Men Women
1   GER Stefan Glowacz   FRA Catherine Destivelle
2   FRA Jacky Godoffe   ITA Luisa Iovane
3   FRA Thierry Renault   FRA Martine Rolland

Sportroccia 86Edit

The competition was held from July 11 to 13. Only Patrick Edlinger finished the final climb, which was named Caduta degli dei, 7c+ ("Damned").

Best Italian: Roberto Bassi (men) (10th) and Rosanna Manfrini (women).

Pos. Men Women
1   FRA Patrick Edlinger   FRA Catherine Destivelle
2   GBR Ben Moon   USA Lynn Hill
3   FRA Jacky Godoffe   FRA Isabelle Patissier

Sportroccia 88Edit

The competition was held from July 15 to 17.

Pos. Men Women
1   FRA Didier Raboutou   FRA Catherine Destivelle
2   FRA Jean-Baptiste Tribout   FRA Isabelle Patissier
3   BEL Arnould T'Kint   ITA Luisa Iovane

Sportroccia 89Edit

The competition was held from July 14 to 16. The 1989 edition of Sportroccia also represents the third stage of the Lead Climbing World Cup, 1989.

Best Italian: Nicola Sartori (men) (4th).

Pos. Men Women
1   GBR Simon Nadin   FRA Nanette Raybaud
2   GBR Jerry Moffatt   FRA Corinne Labrune
3   FRA Didier Raboutou   ITA Luisa Iovane


  1. ^ "Il nuovo Palaroccia di Torino".
  2. ^ "1985-2005 Bardonecchia 20 anni dopo". Archived from the original on 2013-10-12.


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  • ALP - N.17 settembre 1986, pp. 30–33 - Arco e Bardonecchia Sportroccia '86
  • Rivista della Montagna - N.79 ottobre 1986, pp. 84–87 - Carnet d'alpinismo: le gare ad Arco e a Bardonecchia
  • Rivista della Montagna - N.113 novembre 1989, pp. 14–16 - Carnet d'alpinismo: Bardonecchia, Arco e le altre gare
  • ALP - N.43 novembre 1988, pp. 46–59 - Le gare di Bardonecchia e di Arco
  • Punto Rosso - N.1 gennaio 1991, p. 7 - La strada delle competizioni