Fontainebleau - The Dream Forest of French Bouldering

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Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 29, 2008 - 10:43pm PT
From Mountain #89 Jan/Feb 1983 an excellent survey of the fabled boulders....










Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Nov 29, 2008 - 10:51pm PT
Very cool that you have posted this, Steve. thanks tons. Fontainebleau is one of the parts of the Great Puzzle.

best to you and Mimi.
T H

climber
Last >>
Nov 30, 2008 - 12:19am PT
The Real Thing (Moon / Moffat video) is a nice introduction to Fontainebeau also if you can find a copy . Thanks for another small-stone thread on zee taco .
PhilG

Trad climber
The Circuit, Tonasket WA
Nov 30, 2008 - 12:26am PT
Thanks Steve, great post. Going bouldering in Fontainebleau is one of my major goals.
paul roehl

Boulder climber
california
Nov 30, 2008 - 01:24am PT
Fontainebleau is a fascinating place as its forest is also the birthplace of the "Barbizon School" of painting which became the approach to landscape painting that would eventually give us Impressionism. The fine art of bouldering and the fine art of painting all wrapped up in one venue! Those Frenchies are so civilized.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 1, 2008 - 11:33am PT
It has to be the most intriguing and historically rich bouldering area anywhere.
brett

climber
oregon
Dec 1, 2008 - 12:47pm PT
The blue at La Roche aux Sabons is certainly the most perfectly enjoyable day on the rocks I've ever had. Not considering ourselves boulderers, we stopped in at Fontainbleau only because of the sheer numbers of folks who told us not to miss it. We ended up rearranging our trip to spend a week+ there.

guidebook: "It is difficult to find adjectives to describe what this trail has to offer"

amen
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 3, 2008 - 11:25am PT
Any snapshots???
Marek

climber
Haarlem
Dec 3, 2008 - 02:51pm PT
I live 550 km from Fontainebleau but it is the climbing area I visit the most often.

All the info/picture/movies you need at:

http://bleau.info/

klk

Trad climber
cali
Dec 3, 2008 - 03:28pm PT
Unfortunately, I lost all my Bleau photos a few years back. I may get a quick trip in around the end of March-- if so, I'll do a tr.

Meanwhile, this article over at UKC is a decent historical overview:

http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=1478

Jingy

Social climber
Flatland, Ca
Dec 3, 2008 - 03:37pm PT
That is kick A$$!!!!

Hey Chris Mac - Here's an idea for the next edition of the Yosemite Bouldering Guides.... Circuits!!!! V-Easy thru V-Elite... I'm sure us Americans can handle putting these things together on our own, but I think it would be cool to have a guide for everything from easy jams, to moderate crimping, to stone cold-a$$ difficult highball circuits.. That would be cool, IMHO

Cool article, will definitely read further tonight!

Thank you Steve.. Priceless find!
cintune

climber
the Moon and Antarctica
Dec 3, 2008 - 04:25pm PT
Mr. Gill has a great page with nice pics of some of the problems.
http://www128.pair.com/r3d4k7/Bouldering_History2.0.html
Nate D

climber
San Francisco
Dec 3, 2008 - 05:39pm PT
I passed thru and sampled some of those pebbles for an hour or so.
The place is vast and magical...
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 7, 2008 - 11:26pm PT
A couple of very small photos by Gustave Le Grey from the late 1850's shot in Fontainebleau.



paul roehl

Boulder climber
california
Dec 8, 2008 - 12:20am PT
Steve Grossman
These are beautiful photos. There is some great painting that comes out of this period as well: Daubigny, Corot and Theodore Rousseau. The "pictorialist" nature of your photos really imitates the "Barbizon School" of painting. If you enjoy those photos you'll love the artists I mentioned check them out and thanks.
dogtown

climber
Cheyenne,Wyoming
Dec 8, 2008 - 12:41am PT
Bleu does suck

Its the stonie point of France.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 7, 2009 - 05:59pm PT
Some more background on the area from Climbing 1982.



marty(r)

climber
beneath the valley of ultravegans
Feb 7, 2009 - 10:27pm PT
Fontainebleau is French for "Ripped Seniors":


Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 8, 2009 - 08:56pm PT
Nice Chalk Chickenfeet!
TradIsGood

Chalkless climber
the Gunks end of the country
Feb 8, 2009 - 09:53pm PT
I know a place in WV that looks more interesting. Some true high-ball hard stuff (at least compared to these shortish problems).

That said, I have never been to France, but these pics would not convince me to go there versus a 300 mile trip, with Seneca Rocks a couple hours from there and New River Gorge a couple hours in a different direction.

(Or the Gunk 2 hours from my driveway, and the Adirondacks 4-5 hours away, etc.)
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