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The helicopter part of l'Helicoptre, a classic 7a/...


Bleau is a very popular bouldering area. The problems are organized into circuits and each circuit is color coded for their degree of difficulty. The color/difficulty codes are White/children (pour les enfants), Yellow/easy to a bit difficult, Orange/some difficulties, Green/some difficulties, Blue/Difficult, Red/very difficult, Black/extreme difficulties. School children are often bussed here to frolic amongst Bleau's many boulders.

The area is expansive and lies in the forest outside the town of the same name. There are about 15 different sub-areas most with many of other own other sub-areas. Many of the larger areas have as many as 5 circuits within them. That's a whole lotta bouldering, folks.

Getting There 

Fontainebleau is 55 km south-southeast of Paris.

Climbing Season

Weather station 9.2 miles from here

23 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

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Bob Horan bouldering in Fountainbleu.
Bob Horan bouldering in Fountainbleu.
Palace at Fontainebleau
Palace at Fontainebleau
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BH in the awesome Fountainbleu, photo: Bob Horan C...
This is el Poussah, a classic 7a in the Franchard ...
This is el Poussah, a classic 7a in the Franchard ...

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By Jeffrey Struck
From: Portland
Aug 18, 2007
A terrific & exhaustive resource for Font bouldering is www.bleau.info. I've been there a few times; feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions and I'll be happy to offer answers.
By Jeremiah Johnson
From: Hershey PA
Mar 24, 2008
Bleau.info is an incredible resource. It may be redundant to add Fontainebleau routes to this site; the locals have already put them on bleau.info and the site is (mostly) in English. It's also loaded with pics and videos of many of the problems, which is useful for scoping beta on problems you can't figure out.
Jun 20, 2010
Blanc (white) is the easiest (pour les enfants, as above), but it is also the hardest, harder than black. How French to make it circular .... Also, there are at least a couple of saumon (salmon) circuits, which is in between blue and red. Also, orange usually are longer, often more highball, sometimes with long traverses, downclimbs, etc. A local told me that they are some of the older ones back from the days when Fontainebleau bouldering was primarily a way to get in shape for alpine mountaineering. Green may be the same or a little harder than orange, but less 'wandery'. In practice I found that some of the orange circuits were both among the most fun and also not easier overall than green or even blue, because of the highball factor, the length, or the landing.
By fontaineblhostel
Mar 15, 2014
New hostel for boulderers near Fontainebleau: www.facebook.com/fontaineblhostel
Secured access with key-cards, common room with free WIFI, equipped kitchen, linen included: 27€ first night, 22€ each following ones. Also small campsite.
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