Fontainebleau - The Dream Forest of French Bouldering

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tom woods

Gym climber
Bishop, CA
Apr 7, 2009 - 06:22pm PT
cool link klinefelter, what else you got in the archive?
Doug Robinson

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Apr 7, 2009 - 06:50pm PT
It's nice to see shots of the climbing that are not magazine picks. Thanks to all.

All this only adds to the aura of those woods. Someday...

Wes -- appreciate the explanation of geology, even if it seems the mystery lingers. No pressure? I'll wait for your thesis to make it all clear. Then we shall address you as Doctor Bleau.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 23, 2009 - 02:56pm PT
Perhaps Rgold has a few to share...
rgold

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Aug 23, 2009 - 04:36pm PT
Ok Steve,

Here's one of Bob Williams from the late sixties cross-posted from Jello's '57 climbing thread



What is striking is the lack of chalk on the rock in those pre-chalk days. But what isn't visible is that the French use of rosin (pouf) was in some ways more defacing, because the rosin transferred seemingly permanent black stains from shoe rubber to footholds. Still, the awful white smears everywhere in the more recent photos is quite jarring.

Note too the little square of carpet ( le tapis ) that was a 'Bleau essential for keeping the sand off the soles of your shoes. In the other post I joking referred to it as an old-school crash pad.

Here's another one of Bob Williams. Note the white dot---I think we were on one of the circuits.



Fontainbleau is a truly magical area---I don't think any climber, no matter how peblophobic, could go there and not become entranced with bouldering. And ze french grimpeurs! Not only did we find them to be incredibly hospitable, but the checkered picnic cloths, the wine and cheese, and (ahem) bikini-clad bouldering babes were, how you say, fantastique!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 25, 2009 - 08:00am PT
Thanks Rich!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 5, 2010 - 09:46pm PT
Bouldering Bump!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 26, 2010 - 11:27am PT
A cropped Gerard Kosicki shot of Catherine Destivelle from Climbing October 1988.



The rest of the Destivelle profile at:

http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/1276278/Catherine-Destivelle-Profile-by-Beth-Wald-Climbing-1988
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 5, 2010 - 02:08pm PT
A Ron Matous shot of the business from Summit February/ March 1980.

martygarrison

Trad climber
Washington DC
Dec 22, 2010 - 10:17am PT
bouldering in fountainebleau bitd
bouldering in fountainebleau bitd
Credit: martygarrison
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 22, 2010 - 07:53pm PT
Thanks, Marty!

Such a sweet looking problem!
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Dec 28, 2010 - 12:39am PT
Poke
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 18, 2012 - 09:25am PT
Ain't been bumped in years...
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Mar 18, 2012 - 10:13am PT
Ambiance Font

La balance - 7c+ - Cuvier - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=vzMTFtqXWOU

Ambiance Font 1 Roy Tore Fallaas
Ambiance Font 1 Roy Tore Fallaas
Credit: Marlow
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 18, 2012 - 01:17pm PT
Thanks for those video links Marlow!!!

Really gives you a feel for the place...cool stuff!
Andy Fielding

Trad climber
UK
Mar 18, 2012 - 03:59pm PT
One of my kids at Bleau, sat in a pocket!

This bouldering stuff is so tiring good job there's a bivy ledge half ...
This bouldering stuff is so tiring good job there's a bivy ledge half way up.
Credit: Andy Fielding
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 25, 2012 - 06:57pm PT
Bump for ambiance...
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Mar 26, 2012 - 10:00am PT

A video showing the forest and some of it's stones very well. An ordinary day with climbers climbing at a low to moderate level.

The problems of the circles of Font are marked with colour. You have the easiest white problems - then the yellow (jaune) problems - the green (vert) ones - the blue (bleu) - the red and at last - the hardest black problems. Some places there are problems harder than the black ones marked with white colour.

You may have three different blue circles in the same area - Apremont is an example. Then the painted shade of blue of the three circles are different.

The guys in this video are primarily climbing blue problems. They are talking Swedish.
Hannes

Ice climber
Mar 26, 2012 - 12:41pm PT
I'm not much into bouldering but I wouldn't mind a week in Font. Its an amazing experience but you get pretty humbled coming there, I had to try two or three times to get up a Font 2B. Later when spending a few hours trying to get up the ultra classic La Marie Rose, 6A without luck, an elderly french gentleman strolls up, says "Bonjour", puts a bit of pof on his shoes and does it without a wobble.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Mar 26, 2012 - 12:53pm PT
Hannes.

I've also had that experience. A local in his 60ies with his backpack easily climbing a problem I have been struggling with and continuing up the next problem effortlessly. And the young guns/bleausards cruising around on the stone talking about us northerners as "tres serieux" when we struggle on their warm-up problems and then "allez, allez" on our next try. LOL...

La Marie Rose - the first 6a climbed in the forest:
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 31, 2012 - 11:09am PT
Busy little bumps!
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