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First Two Touches to Bouldering in Fontainebleau, France

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What does a circuit or a hiking trail mean in terms of bouldering? These are the two things I learned while bouldering in the fabulous Fontainebleau – a French forest, that treasures dozens of these mysterious circuits and so called hiking trails.

Before diving deeper into the terminology, let me tell you a bit about climbing in Fontainebleau in general. Why is the place so popular among climbers all over the Europe?
Well, there are of course many reasons. First of all, the forest of Fontainebleau is huge and hosts a massive amount of world class sandstone blocks. Altogether the area covers around 280 square kilometers and according to 27 Crags there are over 11700 known boulder problems. Fontainebleau offers wonderful climbing (in the form of circuits and hiking trails!) for everyone from total beginners to professionals.

Landings are also good: soft and flat. At some sectors the terrain is almost beachlike, because of the fine yellow sand, that finds it's way everywhere. This ma…