Showing posts with label Fontainebleau. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fontainebleau. Show all posts

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Farewell, Fontainebleau. Hello (somewhere in) Spain!

We've had nearly three weeks of bouldering here in Fontainebleau, France. Our gite rental is nearly over, and our friends almost gone. So tomorrow we leave for somewhere in Spain.

We're not sure exactly where we're headed yet, as the weather everywhere in Catalonia seems to have a pretty dismal forecast.

Anyway, we'll be on the road all day tomorrow, hopefully arriving in the Barcelona area sometime before midnight.

Autumn descends on France.

"Cozy" riding conditions on the way to bouldering. (Four people, four pads, and bags in a small Toyota sedan)

Serious topouts for serious people

Simulclimbing in Font

Jakob getting revenge on a really nice 7a in 95.2

Our street in the morning

Parking at Franchard Isatis is sweet.

David initiating the send train on a crimpy 7a in Franchard Isatis (Plan 3)

Franchard Isaatis

David sending a 7b+ problem in Franchard Isatis (Plan 3)

David giving Duel (an 8a SLAB!!!) a good go at the end of our trip.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Photos from Font

We've just polished off two weeks here in Fontainebleau. Our only guidebook is the 7 + 8 Straight-ups, so I have no idea what most of the problems we've done are even called... Which I think is better anyway, as all of them (even the warm-ups) seem really hard anyhow in this technical wonderland, and most all of them cool. In an area with this much rock and this many amazing problems, it seems like a real waste of time and opportunity to run around with a guidebook in hand, looking for a few problems. Or at least on your first trip here, as is my case.
A classic Font topout

The solution for the topout. (Notice: the climber is already on the rock.)

Our street in Avon.

One of the gite owners' cats checking out our stuff in the morning.

Swedes and technology

A classic and fun face problem in Isatis

Johan trying a 7a in Isatis.

Another fun and high problem in Isatis whose name I don't know...

French countryside

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Bonjour from Fontainebleau!

The stairs of our gite (in a picture that uploaded at the wrong angle)

Swedes love sausage and potatoes.

It was raining, but we were going to climb (in Bas Cuvier).
Climbing is a team effort, especially if you have matching pants.

A rather classic Font topout in the area 95.2.

David does tricks.

Staging for climbing outside the gite in Avon

Following "Ingrid," our GPS unit.

David trying the "pure" jumpstart to this problem in Bas Cuvier, sans crashpad.

Boulders, boulders all around (in Bas Cuvier)

Andreas falling from Super Prestat

The castle in Fontainebleau

The castle in Fontainebleau


Me taking a coffee in the town of Fontainebleau

When in France...

Morning coffee and stress balls outside the gite

Swedes like baguettes.

Swedes like coffee.
David sending a classic 7a in Franchard Cusinier

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Peace Out, Montana. Hello, France, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, ...?

Well, the time has come again to hit the road.

I leave Bozeman tomorrow morning and hope to arrive in Fontainebleau, France about 24 hours after leaving my house.

Next time I log in for a post, it will probably be in the back corner of some French McDonald's. Unless Fontainebleau is too snobby for McDonald's.