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London to Paris Climbing Adventure

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London to Paris Climbing Adventure

Whether an experienced or novice climber, try your hand at bouldering in the unique forest setting of Fontainebleau, France.

Prices from US$495

The forest of Fontainebleau is renowned for being the biggest and best bouldering venue in Europe, if not the world. Its mix of atmospheric forest settings, unusual rock formations and acres of sand, sets it miles apart from other climbing venues. However, the key to Fontainebleau’s popularity is its abundance of easily accessible boulders – thousands of them! The forests create a magical, unique and unusual setting for such an adventurous outdoor activity: a peaceful backdrop to simply just enjoy the scenery. Active conservation schemes are also being carried out in this area due to the rich abundance of bird species, mammals and butterflies. Interestingly, it is an area of active erosion, and so boulders are constantly changing shape, making it a site where climbers can return and continually have new experiences, another reason why this destination is so popular. 

French alpine climbers have practiced bouldering here since the 19th century and even today it still remains an active sports location. The historical town is located approximately 35 miles south of Paris, a hilly forest full of diversity, culture and boulders. It has continuously remained at the centre of world bouldering since the 1930s, and is within a reachable distance from the UK. It is such an exceptional area exhibiting so many desirable characteristics including excellent soft and sandy landings, a positive and active local environment, historical interests, and a huge potential for development, and yet it is not a well known tourist destination. 

This trip is suitable for climbers of all experience levels. If you are travelling from London, the short journey will be fun-filled too, as you get to know and travel along with like-minded individuals. 

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Develop your bouldering skills
  • Meet other climbers
  • Experience climbing on rock in a magical setting
  • This is a Frontier Connect project!

 

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years

FAST FACTS

Location Fontainebleau, France
Activities Bouldering
Learning from peers
Socialising
Transport Return bus carriage from London and channel ferry crossing
Accommodation Deluxe bus facilities at campsite at location

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Return bus carriage between London and Fontainebleau, France
Return channel crossing
Accommodation 
Tea-making facilities
Access to all bus facilities
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

Whether you’re looking to take the leap from indoor climbing wall to rock, or you’re just looking for a fun weekend adventure with a group of climbers, this road trip to Fontainebleau could be exactly what you’re looking for!

There is a vast array of bouldering opportunities over a range of difficulties on a variety of circuits.  Interestingly it is an area of active erosion, and so boulders are constantly changing shape, making it a site where climbers can return and continually have new experiences, another reason why this destination is so popular.

The organised road trip is a great way to travel with a group of people with similar interests, with your accommodation and travel taken care of. All you have to do is enjoy the ride!

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Over the three days, you will be spending your time bouldering and climbing. You will get to experience how sandstone boulders are great for climbing, because they are a fantastic quality and make any unfortunate landings soft! The complex manoeuvre of body positions and foot positions means that your success is a result of a physical workout, leaving you surprisingly satisfied and very addicted, even after such a short trip. You’ll also be able to choose a circuit to suit your abilities, with the excitement of changing to a different circuit on day 2. Evenings will be spent relaxing with your group at the campsite. 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

Please aim to arrive at the Mile End Climbing Wall, by the Regents Canal in London at 6:00pm on the Friday where you will be picked up by the bus. Other pick-up options are available, please speak to your Frontier coordinator for more information. Once everyone has been collected, you will set off for Dover to make the ferry crossing before making your way down to the campsite at Fontainbleau in relative comfort on our luxury coach. 

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Your accommodation at Fontainebleau will actually be within the luxury coach you travelled on. You will have your own private bunk with privacy curtains, a light, freshly laundered sheets, a duvet and pillow, so bringing your own is not required. This also means that you do not need a sleeping bag or tent, meaning you can pack extremely lightly. Although you will be sleeping on the bus, you will be located within campsites where you can use the facilities, such as a shower and Western-style toilet. 

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

As food is not included, you will be required to buy some on the Saturday morning of your trip when the bus stops at a local supermarket. You will only need to buy enough for 1-2 days. If you so desire, you can also bring your own food from home, as the bus has an onboard fridge and cooking facilities. Cereal and snacks are a good idea for everyone to bring as well!

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

In your spare time, you will have the opportunity of cycling or walking one evening around Milly La Foret – a small village approximately 2 miles from Fontainebleau. Whilst there, there is the added option of going to a restaurant or bar where you can socialise with your fellow adventurers. In the summer months, swimming pool access is available on the campsites. If you still feel like you need more to do on your short 3 day break, a trip to the Chateau Fontainebleau is definitely worth a visit because it has been voted one of the most beautiful castles in France, and not very many tourists know about it!

COSTS

Project fee US$395

Registration fee US$68

DEPARTURE DATES

2016 dates:

10th-12th June

17th-19th June

15th-17th July

DURATION

3 days / 2 nights

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Advice on visas and equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Travel and medical advice & documentation
  • Pre-departure support and documentation
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Return bus carriage between London and Fontainebleau  
  • Return channel crossing 
  • Campsite fees
  • Tea-making facilities 
  • Access to all bus facilities
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up 
  • In-country emergency support

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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