Fontainebleau - The Dream Forest of French Bouldering

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Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Mar 24, 2013 - 01:05pm PT
Scott

Here is a link to ukclimbing's Font information: http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=1567

This is what they have to say about when to go there:

"Anytime really - that's the truth. Traditionally people say spring and autumn, but winter can have perfect conditions (February is the driest cold month) though it can get bitter cold. People complain about the summer heat and humidity but plenty of hard climbing gets done in the summer, such as Jackie Godoffe's 8b projects in Orsay this summer, and the 7c+ Fahrenheit 91.4 put up by Thierry Gueguen in July. In the summer heat though most people just reduce their grade and do circuits, or climb early and late and siesta in the hot middle of the day.

You can expect to have some rain at any time, but this shouldn't be a big problem because you probably need a rest day anyway. Actually many areas dry extremely quickly, generally if they are high up on the slopes of the numerous little hills (pignons) in the forest, such as 95.2, Apremont, Gorge des Chats. As you get closer to the time of your trip, take a look at bleau.info which has the best links to online weather resources, but what are you going to do? Cancel? May is the rainiest month but not by much. You shouldn't really rule a trip in or out based on the time of year unless you really need it to be cold for a difficult project."
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Mar 24, 2013 - 01:06pm PT
Marlow, I'm sure Steve doesn't mind. I sure don't :-)

One of the best threads going.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 24, 2013 - 01:07pm PT
And we'll always have Paris...

I love the way this thread has filled out thanks to Marlow and everyone else!

We are creating something truly unique on this forum with respect to climbing history and it would be spectacular if folks put their energy into that aspect of being here.

The supertopo forum has broad reach so SHARING yields big rewards.

Do what YOU can to make this forum a better place.
Andy Fielding

Trad climber
UK
Mar 24, 2013 - 04:14pm PT
Here's a couple of pictures from my first visit to Font. It was 1988 (hence the shorts!!) and I was 27. Did the Orange circuit at Bas Cuvier. In the days before bouldering mats the card board is just to keep the sand off my rock boots. I had a pair of Calanques which were a cheap version of EBs here in the UK.

1988 - Bas Cuvier, Orange No. 50 La Prestat, in the days before boulde...
1988 - Bas Cuvier, Orange No. 50 La Prestat, in the days before bouldering mats.
Credit: Andy Fielding

1988 - Bas Cuvier, Orange No. 50 La Prestat
1988 - Bas Cuvier, Orange No. 50 La Prestat
Credit: Andy Fielding
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Mar 24, 2013 - 04:29pm PT
Cool Andy.

Steve
I take that as: keep on posting.

Here's another video showing the excellent bouldring in the magic forest:

Scott McNamara

climber
Tucson, Arizona
Mar 24, 2013 - 04:44pm PT
Thanks, Marlow!

and thanks Steve.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 24, 2013 - 05:32pm PT
That's a big 10-4 Marlow!
Andy Fielding

Trad climber
UK
Mar 24, 2013 - 05:43pm PT
Hey Marlow what is the music between 3:00 and 7:00? I know you say in the credits it is Lil Quest but I can't find that track anywhere.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Mar 24, 2013 - 06:07pm PT
Andy

It's a great Finnish Font video that came drifting on the web. I believe Toni LilQuest is the music maker (and not Lil Quest): https://soundcloud.com/lilquest
Andy Fielding

Trad climber
UK
Mar 24, 2013 - 07:37pm PT
Hey Marlow thanks for the link. That section is called Hip-pop Piano.
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Mar 24, 2013 - 11:26pm PT
Yeah Andy, I also did that orange circuit @ Bas Cuvier. I only had 3 days there but that one in particular is one of my most memorable days of climbing, pure fun factor. Thanks for the pics.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Mar 30, 2013 - 04:48pm PT
Kids climbing in Font

Great ways to get down from the stone after topping out at 07:40 and 07:50.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Apr 2, 2013 - 04:59pm PT
Autumn Colors (... in Spring)
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Apr 3, 2013 - 01:45pm PT
The formation of the stones of Fontainebleau (La Montagne Oct 1965)
Credit: Marlow
Credit: Marlow
Credit: Marlow
Credit: Marlow
Credit: Marlow
Credit: Marlow
Andy Fielding

Trad climber
UK
Apr 3, 2013 - 02:17pm PT
Hey Marlow I have some more of those papers (some in English) if you are interested. I am an Engineering Geologist by trade and have corresponded with Medard Thiry who is based at the Ecole des Mines de Paris. He has written several papers on the subject.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Apr 3, 2013 - 02:22pm PT
Andy: It would be great to get the articles in English and post them for others to read. Do you have the opportunity to post them?
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Apr 3, 2013 - 03:02pm PT
A low profile TR with great Fontainebleau photos: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?page_id=264844
Andy Fielding

Trad climber
UK
Apr 3, 2013 - 03:05pm PT
Marlow I have one of them with me. I'm at work!!

Weathering Font Page 1
Weathering Font Page 1
Credit: Andy Fielding
Weathering Font Page 2
Weathering Font Page 2
Credit: Andy Fielding
Weathering Font Page 3
Weathering Font Page 3
Credit: Andy Fielding
Weathering Font Page 4
Weathering Font Page 4
Credit: Andy Fielding
Weathering Font Page 5
Weathering Font Page 5
Credit: Andy Fielding
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Apr 3, 2013 - 03:07pm PT
Thanks Andy, that's phenomenal in both senses of the word...
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Apr 3, 2013 - 05:27pm PT
Cool Andy!! thanks dude!
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