Fontainebleau

Fontainebleau has always been on Rock & Sun’s agenda, but with a lack of available, good instructors in the area we had to turn so many of you who wanted to go bouldering away. That is: up until a year ago. Because that is when we found two amazing instructors: Sam & Amber. Since then, Rock & Sun offers a Bouldering Trip almost every weekend and many indoor boulderers have since found their way into the beautiful forest of Fontainebleau. Some have already been back for their second trip within that year!

Amber Thornton and Sam Hunter

Amber Thornton and Sam Hunter

To get an idea of what a Rock & Sun Bouldering trip in Fontainebleau with Sam & Amber could be like, please read what previous customers wrote about their experience.

 

Gethen, May 2017

“It almost feels unimaginative giving 5/5 on all points, but really, couldn’t be happier. Sam and Amber were fantastic; really wonderful to hang out with, incredibly good (and patient!) guides/coaches, and they successfully challenged many of my ‘gym climbing’ preconceptions, which I’m sure was the key to getting me trusting my feet enough to send a load of problems that I never would have had the courage to push through on my own. In fact, I’m not sure I would have ever stopped searching for alternate feet if it wasn’t for their absurd optimism about how good a foothold every minuscule pebble, invisible edge and frightening smear was!

And the weather! despite constant forecasts of rain, held out for the whole trip – I appreciate how well organised this was! ;)

As someone who’s been climbing indoors for a few years, it took some consideration whether to take the Rock and Sun trip or just to head down with a friend or two, hire a car and mats and explore. I can wholeheartedly say that going for the trip was the best climbing-related decision I’ve made so far. The adjustment to Font’s climbing style was infinitely easier with help than it would have been alone, and I did ten times more climbing than I think I would have done – both from Sam and Amber’s local knowledge, and all the encouragement and assistance!

Thanks so much :)

Talking through the beta of le Lepreux, at Eléphant

Talking through the beta of le Lepreux, at Eléphant

Laurence, April 2017

“Amber and Sam have a great knowledge of Fontainebleau. They were super friendly and struck the right balance between stretching comfort zones and low stress ingraining of good habits.
Would heartily recommend.”


Sini, March 2017

Sam and Amber were excellent coaches, and I had a great time with them. Both were reeeeally nice, smart, pleasant Company, and I felt that they really wanted to make my trip a great one and took care of me better than could have been expected.

Unfortunately it was raining both on Saturday and Sunday, so we couldn’t go bouldering outdoors as much as would have been ideal, but weather can’t really be helped, so that was OK. Besides, I did get great coaching also climbing indoors on Sunday, and it was nice to visit different areas on Saturday walking in forests and little villages :)

Sam providing a spot whilst Laurence navigates the slopers on a classic boulder at Rocher Saint-Germain

Sam providing a spot whilst Laurence navigates the slopers on a classic boulder at Rocher Saint-Germain

Mathias, October 2016

I had a really good time all days. Sam and Amber were fantastic guides and really friendly all time. It was two days with rain, but we went inside to climb one of the days so i could get some expertise tips even there.

Saturday and Sunday was sunny and really good with many hours of bouldering
and really good advice and tips how to boulder in the best way. The
boulders in the forest where amazing and Sam/Amber could realy find nice
boulders for everything I wanted to try.

I have learned a lot these past days and I can’t wait to start train all
new things. Hopefully i can train during the winter (inside) and get better
prepared for next year.

Thanks for everything and keep up this good work.”


Joe, September 2016

“Had an excellent time and Amber and Sam were fantastic in accommodating everyones skill levels and wishes as well as explaining all about Fontainebleau bouldering and techniques clearly.

From a holiday point of view, I was left wondering if a longer time which allows for days off to rest fingers (as skin left on fingertips seemed to be the main barrier to bouldering more and four days in a row was quite tough for that) would be preferable.

Overall a fantastic holiday!”

Amber talking to Ana about how to tackle a particular boulder problem, discussing the options for particular foot and hand placements that would allow the optimum and (more appropriately to Fontainebleau...) most elegant solution

Amber talking to Ana about how to tackle a particular boulder problem, discussing the options for particular foot and hand placements that would allow the optimum and (more appropriately to Fontainebleau...) most elegant solution

Ana, September 2016

“I had an amazing time! Sam and Amber made this trip fun, full of very detailed and yet easy to follow instructions on improving my technique. I would recommend Sam and Amber as well as Rock and Sun to anybody who is planning to spend a weekend in Fontainebleau. Thank you so much for arranging it! I am already looking forward to coming back.”

 

Reagan, September 2016

“Sam and Amber were truly great, especially with our son, who if I’m honest can be challenging at times, especially when he is tired. My son has a level of special needs and over the last two years we have found climbing to be a brilliant outlet for him. They showed patience and encouragement towards him, even though I never mentioned his condition because I never want my son to feel different as he is amazing just as he is. They made sure we visited lots of different locations that enabled all members of the party to climb irrespective of capability. Furthermore, Sam was a brilliant spotter, which enabled me to climb too. Obviously I had to take it easy with my broken ankle, but he was super at catching me and gave me the confidence to try things.”

Would you like to go on a Bouldering trip in Fontainebleau with Sam & Amber?

Check our available dates on

http://www.rockandsun.com/climbing-locations/france/fontainebleau-bouldering/

 


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