Fontainebleau, France is a town only 55km south-east of Paris. But hopefully this Fontainebleau bouldering guide will help you begin. So what do you need to know about getting there, staying there and climbing there? Well, read on as I break it down. According to weatherspark.
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Edelweiss Chalk Bag. Edelweiss Vertige Helmet. Wild Country Rock Set Fontainebleau also commonly referred to as Font or Bleau is a town around 50km south of Paris.
The bouldering is situated on the forested hill sides that surround the town on fine-grained sandstone blocks of impeccable quality. Since these initial days of development and exploration, bouldering became training for rock climbing and now many people boulder as an activity in its own right. There is a plethora of information about Fontainebleau on the internet, from logistics information: how to get there, where to stay and when to go, to climbing information: which areas to go to, what problems to try, how to do different problems.
Rather than reiterating this easily findable information, the aim of this article is to give the reader a summary of the different guidebooks that are available in the UK. The Fontainebleau forest is home to over 10, problems and, as such, cataloguing all of these in the form of a definitive guidebook is, in reality, nigh on impossible however bleau. Consequently, the several different guidebooks that are available take different tacks in the way in which they are produced, meaning that different guides are more suitable for different users.
Circuit guides describe circuits in their entirety at the different areas. Circuits consist of a large number of different problems all of a similar grade that are numbered on the rock starting from 1. There are different difficulties of circuits in Font, these are delineated by the colour used to number the problems.
The location of some Off Circuit problems are sometimes also indicated in Circuit guides. Circuit style guides:. The overhead photo topos take a bit of getting used to, but once mastered the numbered circuit problems are the best way to orientate yourself they work just fine.
The fact that there is a topo on each page next to the problem descriptions is extremely useful rather than having to find the page with topo on to orientate yourself. If you're mainly bouldering in the 5's and 6's and looking to tick off classic problems, rather than follow circuits then this guide is certainly well worth buying. Udate: Now in 2 volumes. Search 0 Cart. Rucksacks Holdalls Rucksacks. Eyewear Goggles and Glacier Glasses. Lighting Camping Lanterns Head Torches. Walking Poles Walking Poles and Accessories.
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Home Product Reviews. Previous Next. A review of a select number of the various different bouldering guidebooks for Font available to buy in the UK. Brief Introduction Fontainebleau also commonly referred to as Font or Bleau is a town around 50km south of Paris. Main popular areas, such as Diplodocus and Cul de Chien, as well as the less well known circuits that have remained hidden from the majority of climbers in recent years.
The text is in both English and French language. The guide contains a good selection of photos of easier graded problems; these give a good idea of what the climbing other than on desperate test-pieces is like in Font. It does this at the expense of any problem descriptions, so the fact that this is written in both French and English does become rather superfluous.
Whilst there's no doubt that you can pack a lot of problems into a guide by doing away with descriptions, the lack of any hints on how to do certain problems could be a bit of a drawback, particularly as so many are beta specific. I can see Fontainebleau Fun Bloc mainly appealing to groups of mixed abilites, who probably have a couple of other guides to suppliment it. Covers nearly forty areas, documents over circuits and details the location of nearly problems.
It also contains a few popular off-circuit problems. The individual problems are not described; however for some areas the names of problems are also given. In their quest Off Piste, the authors have listed the harder problems in the main areas and also on many lesser known groups of boulders dotted around the forest.
It includes some problems of grade 6 and above. The basic premise is that it contains straight ups in Fontainebleau. Although it only covers the central and southern areas of the forest the Couvier, Franchard and Elephant areas basically there's still enough here to keep you busy.
Obviously if you're staying at the popular Musardiere campsite, and climbing mainly at the Trois Pignons area, then this guide won't be of much use. It features English throughout. Usage The new kid on the block, this first of a three volume set covers a large number of problems to classic areas in Fontainebleau. The problems have been selected by that man with the knowledge: Jacky Godoffe. The guide is well laid out and incredibly user friendly, both for first time and repeat visitors.
The system used for each area is simple: the area overview map shows the boulders- these are numbered. For each boulder there is then a photo-topo that clearly shows the line of the problem and briefly describes the climbing. This makes finding and identifying problems much easier. The guide also includes a good selection of action shots. Like all good action shots, most of these inspire the reader to want to go to Font and climb the problems that are photographed.
This is particularly useful for a destination like Font where the quantity of problems is so large. The guide has a bias towards harder problems, covering the majority of well known problems in the 7th and 8th grades. Purchase guide. Essential Fontainebleau The first pocket guide to Fontainebleau bouldering available for under a tenner! Essential Fontainebleau briefly describes over 40 classic venues.
Each area is given an overview-topo, followed by photographs of the boulders with the classic lines marked out and brief descriptions guiding the climber through the secrets of each problem. Over carefully chosen problems are described mainly in the accessible grade ranges to appeal to the travelling boulderer. This makes identifying different problems, and generally navigating your way around, easier. Although, it is ideal for a quick hit; such as a long weekend or short stop-off on your way to elsewhere in the continent.
Where this guide really comes into its own, is when it is used in conjunction with some of the other guides mentioned above: the simple to navigate layout and photo-topos of easily recognisable problems, helps you find your way about far easier than with the more definitive and less easy to follow overview type guides, whilst also giving you a ready trimmed down selection of some of the best lines in the Forrest.
Now Out of Print - new edition due Bleau en Bloc The first guide to claim to offer everything in the Forrest, all in one volume, the Bleau en Bloc guidebook, from Panico, is an epic tome!
Well, if you speak fluent German, then yes perhaps it is. Unfortunately however, if you do not have a solid grasp of the Germanic lingo, then the answer is an unequivocal no. Despite offering a good selection of graphical knowledge, being able to read the intros and descriptions looks to be a necessity. Perhaps if used in conjunction with the Stone Country guide the book could be made to work for the non-German speaking individual, however this remains untested at the point of writing.
Fontainebleau Bouldermaps This is a bit of an oddity really, mostly being a topo, but disguised as a map. As a map it's not that detailed and obviously only covers very small areas; you'd be better off with the excellent IGN Fontainebleau and Trois Pignons map for general navigation. As a topo I think I'd prefer the ease of use of one of the book format topos above, some of which are cheaper and offer vastly more information.
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Fontainebleau for the First-Timer
Edelweiss Chalk Bag. Edelweiss Vertige Helmet. Wild Country Rock Set Fontainebleau also commonly referred to as Font or Bleau is a town around 50km south of Paris. The bouldering is situated on the forested hill sides that surround the town on fine-grained sandstone blocks of impeccable quality. Since these initial days of development and exploration, bouldering became training for rock climbing and now many people boulder as an activity in its own right. There is a plethora of information about Fontainebleau on the internet, from logistics information: how to get there, where to stay and when to go, to climbing information: which areas to go to, what problems to try, how to do different problems.
The Essential Fontainebleau Bouldering Guide
Home to tens of thousands of problems of all grades, Fontainebleau is considered by many to be the best bouldering area in the world. Font is the spiritual home of bouldering and it was initially used by Parisian as means of training for the Alps. They organised problems into long circuits marked out by small arrows and numbers painted on the rock. Nowadays climbers travel from all over the world to boulder in Font and in terms of grade range, accessibility, rock quality and history it has no equal.