/ Bouldering pad a must for Font
I am going on a family camping holiday and we are staying near Font for a few nights and going into Paris. Will bring my shoes and a few bits, but can't fit the bouldering mat in the car with all the other stuff.
Is it possible to boulder without the mat in Font and is there anywhere people could particulary recommend to go to in that case? Will have three small boys with me as well who will want to have a go!
You don't say what age the boys are, but several areas have kids circuits (marked in white) which might be worth looking out for.
A beer mat was sufficient in the days of old!
Lots of places have good short kids white circuits alongside short harder problems. You don't need a bouldering mat but as others have pointed out a mat/towel of some kind is vital to keep feet clean and preserve the rock.
The OP, yeah there's loads to do, I'd go for the circuits I'm unlikely to fall off. I'll see what my book says when I get home.
A flannel or similar will be very handy to clean your shoes on.
Are you sure you can't tie it to the roof?
> Is it possible to boulder without the mat in Font and is there anywhere people could particulary recommend to go to in that case? Will have three small boys with me as well who will want to have a go!
I seem to recall that we had great times bouldering in Font before they invented the bouldering mat :-)
I can confirm you don't need a mat for Fontainebleau as most of the landings are good on sand - the ones that aren't you can just avoid. A tea towel or bit of carpet is needed though to avoid having sand on your shoes when you start.
I'm a bit late in on this thread, but I can echo the comments that a beer mat is all you will need. I've been doing circuits at Font for the last 30 years and have never used a bouldering mat. As has been said most of the problems have soft sandy landings, and where there is an exception to this eg tree routes, rocks, crevices, there is so much choice, that it's no big deal to skip those problems if you feel unhappy about that.
Search the posts here: there are people who hire out pads in font
People managed without pads until a few years ago... even the black circuits. Some are pretty impressive but on the whole you don't need one. It is, perhaps, a different approach to climbing though, doing circuits within one's level rather than working single problems with multiple attempts and falls. Falling off was still common but less frequent and not from quite so high.
Both methods have their merits.
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