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Attempting P'tit Toit, the classic boulder problem put up by Jo Montchaussé at Fontainebleau in France.
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Le Petit Toit, a eulogy to the madness of bouldering at Fontainebleau

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The exhilarating video of the attempts to climb Le Petit Toit, a classic boulder problem put up by Jo Montchaussé at the sector 95.2 in Fontainebleau, France.

What bouldering really means is difficult to explain to someone who’s never climbed before. Why exactly someone goes to such extraordinary lengths to climb a two-meter chunk of rock may seem like complete madness or, in some respects, something even more than stupid. This video may, in part, provide some answers. Because bouldering is a game. Because it's totally absorbing. And in part you’re a warrior, in part you’re a child. You let yourself go. Because the entire universe is condensed into those two meters you… just can’t climb. You give it all you have. You’d even sell your soul to the devil to reach the top. For this climber though, even this doesn’t suffice. The problem at Fontainebleau remains exactly that, a problem. This video makes you smile, laugh heartily even. Who knows whether the climber eventually sent the problem. What is certain is that he tried every trick in the book. Even that of getting a ticket to hell (warning: the language used by the climber is R rated).



The climber stated "I'm usually a fairly calm guy, this day was not one of those days. I shall not be trying this again."
Song Hurt by Johnny Cash

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