/ fontainebleau advice please

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kevin stephens - on 10 Oct 2017
I don't normally boulder outdoors as I have a weak ankle

However I'm stopping over in Fontainebleau this weekend on the way to the Med to meet up with my son who lives in Paris and it would be good to do a spot of easy bouldering together.

Is there anywhere around Font we could hire a mat for a day or two and buy a guidebook? If there is a choice of guides just something basic to find the carparks and entertain us with some friendly easy problems for a few hours.

I don't really want to buy a mat as I won't use it again and it will take up too much space in the van when heading south

Many thanks
Glug on 10 Oct 2017
In reply to kevin stephens:

You don't have to use a mat, a piece of carpet to clean your feet on is ok.
Bogwalloper - on 10 Oct 2017
In reply to Glug:

He's got a weak ankle.

W
Bogwalloper - on 10 Oct 2017
In reply to kevin stephens:

I think the pizzeria in Arbonne has them. 5 minutes from Canche aux Merciers.

W
Ken.Garner - on 10 Oct 2017
In reply to kevin stephens:


http://thehouse.fr/

Check out the above link, rented some from this chap and they were spot on
danm on 10 Oct 2017
In reply to Ken.Garner:

Was about to post the same!
paget - on 10 Oct 2017
In reply to kevin stephens:

Hi kev,

Hope your good. Bertrand at the pizzeria at Arbonne le foret has various mats at 7 euros a day, he also sells guides, chalk and other bits. His pizza is also good as well.

Cheers
J

kevin stephens - on 10 Oct 2017
In reply to paget:

Thanks Page, that's great - very well thanks, just back from a great trip to Kaly
MischaHY - on 11 Oct 2017
In reply to kevin stephens:

Loads of places rent them. http://www.camping-pres.com/?lang=en is one of them - plus you can buy woodfired pizza on Saturdays!
paul__in_sheffield - on 11 Oct 2017
In reply to kevin stephens:

As above, the pizzeria in Arbonne (worth stopping of there anyway), Musardiere campsite near Gorge aux Chats area, also the S’Cape climbing shop in the middle of Font town.
Just an aside, but the last AirBnB rental we had in the forest near Milly la Forete had mats available as part of the let. If let owners start including mats and maybe a Beastmaker or two around the property, it would be a real bonus
kevin stephens - on 11 Oct 2017
In reply to MischaHY:

> Loads of places rent them. http://www.camping-pres.com/?lang=en is one of them - plus you can buy woodfired pizza on Saturdays!

That is the perfect answer as it is the campsite where we have booked to stay. Many thanks
MischaHY - on 11 Oct 2017
In reply to kevin stephens:

Good choice. It's remarkably cheap for what you get, and close to most rocks.

I'd just like to recommend that pizza one more time. It's amongst the best I've ever had!

Offwidth - on 11 Oct 2017
In reply to kevin stephens:

The Franchard Cuisiniere Mountain Circuit is the ideal place to start for someone nervous about falls. 6km of fun.
roddersm - on 11 Oct 2017
In reply to kevin stephens:

Have hired from here a couple of times, they're in the town centre and will have the guides also http://www.scape-shop.com/
SDM on 11 Oct 2017
In reply to paul__in_sheffield:

> Just an aside, but the last AirBnB rental we had in the forest near Milly la Forete had mats available as part of the let. If let owners start including mats and maybe a Beastmaker or two around the property, it would be a real bonus

http://thehouse.fr/ as linked above has a beastmaker, some weights and more Organic mats than you can shake a stick at.

Now all they need to do is put that massive barn to good use and put a woody (or 3, they've got the space!) and a circuit board in there. Then you'd have the perfect accommodation for a wet week in Font.
Jonathan Bean - on 12 Oct 2017
In reply to kevin stephens:

List of a few pad hire places on here along with a load of other info you might find useful on this little guide website I made:

http://www.boulderfont.info/food-and-gear/
paul__in_sheffield - on 12 Oct 2017
In reply to SDM:

> http://thehouse.fr/ as linked above has a beastmaker, some weights and more Organic mats than you can shake a stick at.

> Now all they need to do is put that massive barn to good use and put a woody (or 3, they've got the space!) and a circuit board in there. Then you'd have the perfect accommodation for a wet week in Font.

oh yes.....
Ardverikie2 on 12 Oct 2017
In reply to kevin stephens:

> just something basic to find the carparks and entertain us with some friendly easy problems for a few hours.
>

the IGN map, available from most shops in Fontainebleau itself should be enough to find the crags then you can often just follow the arrows.
The trick would be choosing a crag for the weather. Some of the trois pignons crags can be very sunny ie. good if it's cold or recently been raining but generally not otherwise.


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