The Forest of Fontainebleau is a mecca for boulderers from all over the world. Only 90km south of Paris, this well known bouldering area impresses everyone with its beauty, charm and variety of boulders. The bouldering quality is world class. The Fontainebleau bouldering suits all styles, abilities and experience levels. So it has everything from small boulders to let the children explore in complete safety to all the slabs, aretes, overhangs and mantels that you could wish for of every grade. Another amazing feature of the bouldering in Fontainebleau is that there are so many areas in such a small area. You can go here year after year and never climb the same problem twice.
Focus Of This Bouldering Holiday
During this bouldering holiday in Fontainebleau you will go to several different bouldering areas so you get a proper feel of the variety of boulder problems the forest has to offer. Also, it gives you the chance to imrpove your technique on easier boulders, and then try your hardest on some challenging boulders. Meanwhile the guides can help you with all aspects of bouldering - from safety through to technique, movement and overall performance.
There will also be plenty of time to get some expert instruction to help with general climbing techniques, increase confidence and any other areas of your climbing which you may want to fine-tune. Whatever your strengths, weaknesses or experience, there will be a lot to gain from this bouldering holiday. Finally, it is a great place to bring the family too.
Sample Itinerary Fontainebleau Bouldering
Friday: arrival at Fontainebleau train station, transfer to your accommodation, possibly a quick boulder session
Saturday: bouldering and coaching
Sunday: bouldering and coaching
Monday: a morning bouldering session, transfer to Fontainebleau train station.
Weather & Climate in Fontainebleau
The best time of year to go bouldering in Fontainebleau can vary depending on what you like. In the winter months the weather gives good friction but chances are that it will rain when you're there. In the summer there is little chance of rain but the friction on the harder problems isn't as good. Spring and Autumn is the when the majority of climbers go to Font. It is a balancing act - just like the locals will tell you about the climbing!!
During your bouldering trip in Fontainebleau you will be staying in one of the many Bed & Breakfasts or self-catering gites in the city of Fontainebleau itself or in one of the other picturesque villages in the forest such as Chapelle la Reine or Milly la Foret. The accommodation depends on availability and group composition.
Flights and Transfers
We recommend to fly into Charles De Gaulle Airport. From there take a train to the center of Fontainebleau, where you will be picked up by your climbing instructor. Being close to Paris means that if you wanted to extend your trip you can enjoy a city trip to Paris.
Fontainebleau Bouldering Guides
Your instructors for this Bouldering Trip in Fontainebleau are Amber Thornton and Sam Hunter. Sam and Amber are both very passionate about bouldering and embrace the bouldering and 'Font' lifestyle. They love sharing their enthusiasm for and knowledge of bouldering technique with you to give you an amazing bouldering experience in the forest of Fontainebleau.
- Fly to/from Paris
- Take a train to Fontainebleau
- All levels welcome
- Max instructor-client ratio 1:5
- 3 days guided bouldering and coaching
- 3 nights accommodation
- Transfers to/from Fontainebleau train station
- Transport to/from the bouldering areas
- Use of bouldering mats
- For families with children under 13 we recommend Private Guided Bouldering
- Children aged 13 to 18 can join our bouldering long weekends providing their parent or guardian is present at all times
- Following our Bouldering Risk Assessment all under 18-year olds are to wear a helmet while bouldering
Upcoming Bouldering Trips in Fontainebleau
I loved the overall climbing experience…
23rd April 2019 - response from Rock & Sun: as of June 2019 the minimum age of Bouldering Trips in Fontainebleau is 13. Under 18 year olds to be accompanied by parent or guardian.
This was one of the best holidays I’ve been on…
21st April 2019
Loved the experience!!
Wish in the future I could do it again without any annoying children in the group.
Again Sam and Amber were fantastic.
17th April 2019 - response from Rock & Sun: as of June 2019 the minimum age of Bouldering Trips in Fontainebleau is 13. Under 18 year olds to be accompanied by parent or guardian.
Amber and Sam were amazing in all respects…
27th March 2019
I had an amazing time at Fontainebleau!
Sam and Amber are exceptional and I learned so much from them. Definitely a coming back.
17th October 2018
Had an amazing time bouldering in Fontainebleau…
...and really felt improvements to my technique. Can’t thank the guides, Sam and Amber, enough, great teachers and great people.
18th September 2018
The bouldering weekend far exceeded my expectations…
The second factor was Fontainebleau itself. It’s quite something when you visit for the first time; almost ‘other worldly’ and our Rock & Sun trainers knew where to go to get the most out of the time we had. It also helped that it was a gorgeous weekend.
I would recommend Rock & Sun to anyone, beginner or not; the bouldering is endlessly variable.
Finally, I was fortunate to be with such a nice group with the perfect mix of know how. Well done Rock & Sun....brilliant!
21st August 2018
Great experience in Fontainebleau…
11th August 2018
This is the second time I have visited Font with Sam and Amber…
19th June 2018
We had a wonderful time on our guided bouldering trip to Fontainebleau…
21st June 2018
Sam and Amber were brilliant from transporting us around to spotting…
21st June 2018
The overall experience was of a very high quality…
12th August 2017
The holiday with Sam and Amber was an amazing introduction to bouldering in Font…
22nd August 2017
Sam and Amber were really fantastic guides…
6th September 2017
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