Well movers and shakers, today was my first day bouldering in the legendary forest of Fontainebleau. What a truly wonderful and inspiring experience. Yesterday whilst wandering alone through the forest I discovered a sector and its associated circuit. Although it took me a little while to stumble across it I committed it to memory and headed back there this morning. There was a cool breeze and it was about 20 degrees celsius……….absolutely bloody perfect.
The two photos below show me pulling into the crux and then out. This was my sixth attempt to red point what felt like a thin and solid 7a problem. Don’t know the name……didn’t care…….I was bouldering in Font! 🙂
I was all alone climbing in the forest and it was absolutely glorious. I had such a great time. I have seen this place on climbing movies for the last eight years and wondered what it would be like to climb here. Now I know! 🙂 I also walked to another sector that I was told about by Bruno (a guy I met last night) and I’m headed there tomorrow morning for some “Font Highballs” (weather permitting).
I walked around for couple of hours yesterday feeling like I was in a Grimm’s fairy tale. The place is absolutely breath-taking. There were people everywhere just strolling through the trails and paths. There are artists sitting painting in the parklands. Barbizon is an artists commune and there are rough structures in the forest that they use to retreat to. There are many of these along the trails and they are listed as tourist attractions. The other photos are random shots of rocks and trees, however Rocher le Elephantè (Roger the Elephant) is easily recognisable.
After my meet and greet with the forest I showered, shaved and shampooed, got dressed and walked up the street to a fine restaurant called “Les Biches” (The Deers) for a sensational lamb dish with a fabulous local Pinot and apricot tart for dessert……….Life is good in Fontainebleau, France.