Fontainebleau Bouldering Off-Piste

At grade 6 and above

Author: Jo Montchaussé, Françoise Montchaussé & Jacky Godoffe

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Paperback publication date: 24 Apr 2006

Paperback ISBN: 9781898573685

A companion guide to the popular Fontainebleau ClimbsFontainebleau Bouldering Off-Piste by Jo MontchausséFrançoise Montchaussé and Jacky Godoffe describes 3000 of the harder boulder problems throughout the Fontainebleau forest in France. It splits into 92 different sectors and contains 120 maps – both general location maps and boulder layouts.

The forest of Fontainebleau is one of the major bouldering spots of the world. Thousands of sandstone boulders lie scattered over an area of 1,200 square kilometres of forest – wonderfully-shaped boulders of superb quality rock in a wilderness of pine, beech and oak trees.

The climbing style is addictive, a subtle mixture of body positioning, footwork and power that is as demanding mentally as it is physically. There are problems at every grade imaginable, from the easiest of circuits to world class testpieces.

Written by local climbers Jo and Francoise Montchausse and Jacky Godoffe, Fontainebleau Bouldering Off-Piste reveals the locations of over 3,000 of the best problems graded at Font 6a and above, and highlights 250 problems of outstanding quality. Some problems found on circuits, others are set apart and easily missed. This guide ensures that doesn't happen.

Covering 92 different areas across the forest, the guide lists the harder problems in the main locations, and also on many lesser-known groups of boulders around the forest. There are 120 detailed maps - both general location maps and boulder layouts, colour photographs for every area and hints, tips and anecdotes throughout.

This new edition also features a comprehensive alphabetical index to all the problems in the guide with those of the highest quality highlighted in bold type. More than enough for even the most dedicated enthusiast to go at. Fontainebleau Bouldering Off-Piste works particularly well when paired with the popular circuit guide Fontainebleau Climbs, written by the same authors.

Jacky Godoffe has been climbing in Fontainebleau for many years. A professional climber with an international reputation, he is a sports teacher and technical advisor to France's national mountaineering and climbing federation.

Jo and Françoise Montchaussé were born and live in the heart of the Fontainebleau forest. It was here that they first discovered climbing and have since made it their way of life. It remains a source of inspiration for both of them, for their photography and for their products they design specially for bouldering. They are co-authors of Fontainebleau Climbs.

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