Summer bouldering (early June) in Fontainbleau


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pete George · · Houston, TX · Joined Sep 2011 · Points: 4,040

Hello I was hoping to go to Fountainbleau over the summer(im a teacher so this is my best opportunity). My plan as of now is to fly into Paris climb in Font for a few weeks and then drive to magic wood for a few weeks. Ill be solo so im a bit concerned about notoriously poor landings in magic wood. My question is how plausible is climbing in June in font? Planning to do night/ early morning sessions if the weather is hot. will this be reasonable? Or should I just focus on Magic Wood for the whole summer?

Walter Galli · · Sint Maarten · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 1,956

Is going to be hot but climbable.... Early morning better,,,,evening end night mosquito will feast on you... But amazing boulders....

pete George · · Houston, TX · Joined Sep 2011 · Points: 4,040

Thanks for the response, are night sessions possible or mosquitoes crazy bad?

Nivel Egres · · New York, NY · Joined Dec 2014 · Points: 130

I think by going in the summer you will restrict what problems you can do but there is plenty to do even then. Early morning is your best bet, I agree. Where are you staying, in one of the hostels?

pete George · · Houston, TX · Joined Sep 2011 · Points: 4,040

haven't booked accommodations, but hoping to find a cheapish hostel, open to any recommendations

Marcelo F · · Oakland, CA · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 0

Not sure what your budget is, but I stayed at a "Gite" when I was there that I found through this website: en.gites-de-france.com/.

Ended up booking a pretty cool little cottage for 2 with full kitchen, living room, TV, etc, for about 30 Euro/day. It was about 20 minutes from the boulders in a tiny little village. Highly recommend it if it's within your budget.

Nivel Egres · · New York, NY · Joined Dec 2014 · Points: 130
ptrgeorge wrote:haven't booked accommodations, but hoping to find a cheapish hostel, open to any recommendations
There is a place in Tousson, like 15 min from Trois Pignons. They rent bedrooms for €25-€40 for a night and (I think) they let you use their crash pads for that price too. Not sure what the name is, but I am sure if you search "Fontainebleau house Tousson" you'll find it.
pete George · · Houston, TX · Joined Sep 2011 · Points: 4,040

Thanks Nivel1 I'll try to find that place, pads included would be a great benefit. Planning to spend about a month (between font and magic wood most likely) so anything to trim down expenditures would be awesome

Walter Galli · · Sint Maarten · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 1,956

Usually June July August are the months of mosquitos in France especially in the forest of fountainbleau, but if you get a good repellent spray you are going to be fine, get a good map of the place with all the boulders and the pat, it is easy to get lost in the dark over there, but is a super fun place I envy you a lot,,,

Adrien G. · · Fontainebleau, France · Joined Feb 2016 · Points: 115

June is a good month if you're not looking to break into a new grade. Like Walter said, mosquitoes can be a hassle but that depends on spring rains. 2016 was awful in that regard as we had massive floods. So far winter has been the driest in several decades (heck, there were even some fires in the Alps and Pyrenees) but who knows how spring will turn out?

On the plus side, it's a VERY quiet month: people with children come in July/August, people without children come when it's less warm (spring and fall). Temperatures can be pleasant, they hovered around 70°F this year, though in 2015 it was more like 90°F. Still, there's plenty of shaded areas and the days are long, meaning you can climb early and late and take a nap in between.

Ferns will probably be crazy high by then and full of ticks; beware (Lyme's disease).

In terms of accommodation, there's also this gîte in Ury which is quite centrally located: gite77ury.com/language/fr/l… You'll need a car obviously, same if you want to get around without hassle (barely any buses). They rent pads I think and believe they speak English. There's also a cheap place in Recloses: refuge-du-bolet-de-satan.ov… 12€ per night, again quite centrally located. Not sure they speak English. There's also a place in La Chapelle la Reine that I think also rents pads, can't remember what it's called. The climbing gym in Fontainebleau (Karma) rents pads if needed.

Have fun.

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