{Climbing: Bouldering in Franchard}


On the way up to Epernay we figured we’d squeeze in some bouldering in Franchard in Fontainebleau. The sun was shining beautifully, a little red squirrel met us and so we chalked up and mashed our feet into scarpas and 6.10s.

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Andrew had scared out a big beard from his manly and rugged face to ensure that we looked the part as rough climbers.

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On the first day we arrived I was mauled by mosquitos and recovery on the rocks gave me a great opportunity to attack the bites on my hand. There’s something psychotically satisfying scratching until the bite oozes.

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Al, midway through a problem, beamed with agonising enthusiasm...

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Ilya was in his element with sunshine and soaring temperatures...

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