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London to Paris Climbing Adventure

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 $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!

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 $395

Registration fee $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

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

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