Sat 7th Apr - Sat 21st Apr, 2001

Fontainebleau/South of France

Rick Davies


Imagine the scene - clear skies, quality rock, and fuss free climbing - all with the added bonus of cheap, but quality French wines and foods freely available. This was the scene which I encountered last year at Fontainebleau, a climbing experience so relaxing yet also so motivating that I cannot speak highly enough of it.

This coming year I plan to revisit Fontainebleau during the fortnight surrounding Easter, for my third bouldering session at this French Mecca. If you're climbing at around 5a or above, this is the ideal venue for you to fine-tune those rock techniques ready for the forthcoming season. Not only does bouldering offer a fuss free way of climbing, but also it also offers the chance to develop new techniques in relatively safe environments, and also helps to develop a good level of stamina. Do you fancy coming along to try it for yourself?

This trip is not being organised as an official meet, however, if you fancy coming along let me know, and hopefully we can get things arranged to minimise costs and maximise the 'social' aspects to the trip.

So far I have nothing booked, although I do have information on Gites in the area, which would work out at about £35 per, person per week with four sharing, the more people who go, the more the price can be reduced. For those who feel that a Gite would be a bit namby-pamby I have also got information on camping in the area, which would cost around £4 per person per day. Also at present Sea France are doing return ferry deals for £120, or if you just fancied a taster trip you could get a five-day return for about £70. Expected dates are 7th to 21st April 2001.

So anyone out there who's interested in coming along on this French bouldering odyssey, get in touch??..

Rick Davies

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