Once again, a slightly self-congratulatory list of our more numerically superior achievements from the latest stint in the forest. Genuinely, we were both chuffed to break new grade boundaries, and feel some sense of progression. Most importantly, we were absolutely not disappointed to get spat off lots of problems of every grade. Amber was very excited to complete a slab climb. Sam was happy with most things...
As follows, some names and numbers from the forest of Fontainebleau.
Until next time... Rahh!
Despite never wanting to leave Savine le Lac, good things apparently have to come to an end. And we had a ferry ticket booked. Aaaaaand... We had to go to Fontainebleau! We also had awesome plans for a leisurely drive back, stopping in the Parc du Morvan and going for a final swim. Unfortunately half way through the second can of unspecified energy drink someone (hint - it was Sam) miscalculated our remaining time. This led to a caffeine-fuelled, NRJ radio-narrated, long-ass drive all the way to the forest, through a moody, thunderous landscape highlighted occasionally by lightning. As with so many of our endeavours, this turned out to be another oversight; we left behind the sun and wild swimming that had so characterised our trip for the last month.
Sam on L'Anthracite (7a), Beauvais Nainville.
Amber Crushing Les Inversées assis (6b), Rocher du Potala.
A bit of self-indulgence, our 'tick list' from Fontainebleau includes hard sends of grade, effort or both. However, it's also the result of a winter spent training hard, if not particularly seriously, or perhaps the mark of not having anything better to be doing!
Unfortunately not all of our Fontainebleau climbing has been given the air-time it may deserve on our list, not through lack of quality of climbing but maybe we just got bored of writing things down... Call it our highlight reel.
Either way it's good to see a lot of bouldering grade consolidation for both of us since our last visit to the forest. Despite this we are both in accordance with the fact that a lot more time should be spent working the classic circuits and ironing out the kinks in our overall climbing. There are endless good rocks to play on that may not be so tough grade wise but may spit us off due to the demand for impeccable technique and coordination, something we both occasionally lack.
Until next time...