Saturday, October 24, 2009
Fontainebleau is a national park and bouldering area 35 miles south of Paris, France. It is regarded as one of the best and most developed bouldering areas in the world. The area is made up of many individual locations throughout the Fontainebleau forest.
The rock formations and features of the area are very distinct. Slopers! Slopers! Slopers! The area is also known for its sand, which explains the areas largest industry, glassmaking.
Fontainebleau has an expansive system of circuits. These unique circuits are color coded, and lead you from boulder problem to boulder problem. There are literally thousands of them for every level of rock climber. From the yellow circuits for the inexperienced climber; to orange, blue and red circuits for intermediate climbers; and white and black circuits offer the top end bouldering experience. There are also many individual extreme problems outside of the circuits, generally graded at V11 and above!
The American climber Dave Graham recently grabbed the FA of a new problem here, called The Island (V15).
A video of the send below...
at 8:10 PM