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Niccolò Ceria bouldering 60 days at Fontainebleau

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The short report by Italian climber Niccolò Ceria who has just spent 60 days bouldering in the magical forest of Fontainebleau in France where he climbed, among others, The Big Island 8C and flashed Ubik assis 8B.

60 days in a row in Font, through rain, fog and sun... to go exploring, to be alone but above all to go bouldering. As practically everyone knows Fontainebleau is a truly special place, because of the particular natural habitat and the morphology of the boulders dotted around the forest.

For years I hoped to spend an extended period of time at Fontainebleau, to have enough time and not be in a rush to experience the forest as I had always wanted, trying to feel at one with it. 60 days in a place like this was a little dream come true, just as I had always imagined, not so much for the boulders I climbed and those that I didn’t, but because I managed to feel in tune with the forest I’d always admired, ever since I first set foot on its sand terrain.

As to the actual climbing, from a technical point of view it is one of the best places you can go, in absolute terms. Being good at pulling down on crimps, being strong or powerful doesn’t serve much; here you need plenty of precision, fluid moves, you need to be flexible and you need good skin and rock conditions. Everything is different here. You learn a lot in Font; you come to understand the technical components of individual moves that, ultimately, make you a better climber. Many problems are left for their purity, immaculate, without necessarily forcing the most difficult line.

The boulders that perhaps impressed me the most are Partage, Illusion du Choix, Hotline, Appartenence, Les nobrelistess, but what really matters here is the beauty, the quality of the rock, the shape of the holds and the beauty of the line. The boulders are immersed in a forest that is abandoned to the elements, to nature’s whim, where human activity is reduced to a minimum. Thanks to this combination of quality boulders set in a wild habitat the bouldering you do here is well and truly unique.




23/02/2015 - Niccolò Ceria flashes 8B at Fontainebleau
At Fontainebleau in France Niccolò Ceria has flashed the boulder problem Ubik assis 8B.

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