Fontainebleau - Bouldering at the gates of Paris

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About 60 kilometers south of Paris is one of the largest bouldering facilities in the world. It is not without reason that Fontainebleau is considered the cradle of bouldering: on around 25,000 hectares of forest, you will find around twenty thousand individual bouldering routes for climbing, even in winter.

Im Wald von Fontainebleau laden skurrile Sandsteinformationen zum Bouldern ein.
Im Wald von Fontainebleau laden skurrile Sandsteinformationen zum Bouldern ein.

More than 100 years ago, the Bleausards were already trying their hand at the characteristic grey or ochre sandstone boulders.

Fontainebleau is divided into various bouldering areas: Le Cuvier, Apremonts, Les Trois Pignons and Franchard, among others. The choice of boulder problems is so wide that even beginners will be happy here. From the second to the seventh French grade you will find everything.

Bouldering challenge

The climbing is very technical. In the course, you can get used to the peculiarities of bouldering in Bleau and, on top of that, train your endurance. Depending on the difficulty, boulder problems of a boulder block are marked with a colour (ascending: yellow, orange, blue, red and black/white) and numbered consecutively.

The challenge is to solve the homogeneous single boulder problems in a fixed order. Only those who finish a course within one day have completed it.

Cooler days make for better conditions

The main bouldering season is from the end of October to the end of March. The sandstone is particularly grippy on cooler days. If you plan really difficult bouldering, Fontaineblau is the place to be in winter.

Bringing a crashpad is urgently necessary, although the forest floor is mostly soft and yielding. The bouldering area is also great for kids.

The online climbing has chosen the top ten areas. Among others Bas Cuvier, Cuvier Rempart and Gorges d'Ampremont.

The top 5 most beautiful spots in Europe for climbing in winter:

1. Geyikbayiri (Turkey).

2. Sperlonga (Italy)

3. Leonidio (Greece)

4. Fontainebleau (France)

5. Siurana (Spain) Logo Author: