Thu 18th Apr - Mon 22nd Apr, 2019

Fontainebleau

Daniel O'Brien


The UKClimbing.com article on how to improve your bouldering explicitly lists one place you must visit – Fontainebleau.  After a fallow year in 2018 the Font trip is back with avengance.  We're going to go at Easter.

The Climbing

Located about 70km south of Paris, Font is arguably the centre of European bouldering, with hundreds of venues and thousands of problems.  The rock is hard sandstone and very varied; from friction slabs to rounded slappy problems;  from sharp aretes to steep powerful walls and roofs.   The unique nature of the bouldering in the forest, with its clusters of boulders neatly organised into colour-coded graded circuits from the easy (Yellow) to the ridiculous (White) mean that the climbing is accessible, easy to follow and there is something for everyone, everywhere.  The nature of the circuits also make bouldering at Fontainebleau a very sociable experience.  I absolutely love it and have been about a dozen times – the only issue is that no matter how many problems you get done you always return with more objectives than you arrived with!

Where to Stay

I propose a loosely organised trip similar to the summer alps trip with core days and people free to come and go as they please.  The best option for accommodation is camping and Camping Grez which has excellent facilities (showers, washrooms, BBQs, the ability to have a campfire) and doesn’t cost the earth (around £8 per night on average…)  It is located south of Font in a small village with a shop and a bakery and is at most 15-30 minutes drive from all the climbing areas.

Getting There 

The easiest way to get to Font is to drive and take the ferry.  You can get ferries for about £90-£120 (the earlier you book the better) and then with three people in the car the cost of fuel is easily shared.  It is also easy to get there on the train but once you are there getting around isn’t really feasible on public transport.  As it is the Easter weekend I will be taking an extra day off and driving down on the Wednesday night, climbing for four days and heading back on the Monday (likely after a light bouldering session in the morning!)

What Next?

If you are planning on coming please drop me an e-mail and click the “Intend to Attend” button on the website.  In March I’ll make a group booking of the campsite for those who have confirmed and then try to group people together for transport (which you can then sort out between yourselves).  After the group booking there is obviously nothing to stop you deciding to come but you will need to sort out your own camping.  

Below are some useful links

http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=5982

http://bleau.info/areas

http://www.camping-grez-fontainebleau.info/index.html



Daniel O'Brien







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