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Fontainebleau Rock Climbing 

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Bob Horan bouldering in Fountainbleu.


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

238 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',11],['3 Stars',43],['2 Stars',177],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Fontainebleau

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Fontainebleau:
La Voie Michaud - noir 22   V5 6C     Boulder   Éléphant
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Featured Route For Fontainebleau
Rock Climbing Photo: Fond de Tiroir (5)

Fond de Tiroir V1 5  Europe : France : ... : Franchard Raymond
In the center of the cove of problems, climb up an independent pillar on good crimps and a cool sidepull. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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The helicopter part of l'Helicoptre, a classic 7a/...
Rock Climbing Photo: BH in the awesome Fountainbleu, photo: Bob Horan C...
BH in the awesome Fountainbleu, photo: Bob Horan C...
Rock Climbing Photo: Palace at Fontainebleau
Palace at Fontainebleau

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By Jeffrey Struck
From: Portland
Aug 18, 2007
A terrific & exhaustive resource for Font bouldering is 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: Contoocook, NH
Mar 24, 2008 is an incredible resource. It may be redundant to add Fontainebleau routes to this site; the locals have already put them on 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:
Secured access with key-cards, common room with free WIFI, equipped kitchen, linen included: 27€ first night, 22€ each following ones. Also small campsite.
By EB Climbing
From: Voiron
Apr 25, 2017
It was at Fontainebleau that the first climbing shoes
Historical EB

Rock Climbing Photo: Pierre Allain
Pierre Allain
By Star Pais
Jul 27, 2017
Primetime is for sure June-Aug,XD
By Abel.Richards
From: Waukesha, WI
4 days ago
I am an American student studying a few hours away from Fontainebleau until December 2017. If you are in the area and looking for a climbing partner please feel free to text me at +1-262-844-0301. Thanks!

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