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Fontainebleau 2011 Post & Video 1

After a many-faceted epic last year that lead to canceling a three month trip to Font at the last moment (literally, the day before we were supposed to fly out) we spent what turned out to be quite a productive season in Hueco and felt glad we'd missed a wet European spring.  Hueco was fun, but we really enjoyed our previous experiences in Font and wanted to come back.  After hemming and hawing about what to do this winter, we finally took the plunge and booked our tickets for two months this spring.

It seems like we booked our tickets for too late.  Like last year's weather, this year February was very very wet, with lots of rain, lots of damp climbing days, and a few sort-of-dry days, though the rock didn't totally dry out until a nice streak in the beginning of March.  And then it rained again.  Anyways, on one of the dry days we ventured out to an area called Oiseaux near the more popular area of Roche aux Sabots.  I made this little video of a wonderful problem called Brasil, also 7a, though don't go to 8a.nu to try to translate Font grades to V grades, because they despite attempts to the contrary they don't really translate.  I've seen multiple V14 climbers utterly fail on 7a's here and spend all day working to send 7c's, then do 8a's in a few tries.  Font is it's own kind of climbing area, and everything here should be taken purely as it is--fun movement on cool holds in a beautiful setting.  Here's a great example.  Enjoy!

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