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Bouldering, Europe, May/June 2012, advice

Maxo
3/10/2011
12:15:46 PM
Hey

I'm going to Europe in May / June 2012.

Has anyone been to Font in summer? Still worth going, or is it hot and busy?

Any other recommendations? Magic Wood is supposed to be amazing, but I've read that the locals are worried about the impact of the number of climbers that have been going there.

Thanks


Climbau
3/10/2011
9:32:33 PM
I was there most of June this year. Was terrible after 10:30am. Reasonable conditions early morning. Go roped climbing further south instead.
Wendy
3/10/2011
10:00:28 PM
On 3/10/2011 Climbau wrote:
>I was there most of June this year. Was terrible after 10:30am. Reasonable
>conditions early morning. Go roped climbing further south instead.

What's the theory on that? Wouldn't further south just be hotter?

I've been to Font in July and August and been fine. In fact, the end of August was wet and cold. There's heaps of shade in the forest. French summer hols don't start til July, so shouldn't be outrageously busy. And the area is huge, just avoid the most famous areas if you find it crowded. Which I didn't, and I have minimal crowd tolerance. I have plenty of heat tolerance though, but I really don't remember it getting particularly hot. Verdon in June on the other hand, intolerable even by my standards.

BoulderBaby
3/10/2011
10:46:26 PM
Good Climbing conditions for UK grit and limestone, Switzerland and probably font will still be nice.
Just keep in mind it doesn't get as hot in europe as it does in oz, so if you're used to sweating it out in the middle of January, anything will be easier. I think it's a great time to go!

Climbau
4/10/2011
7:25:04 AM
@ Wendy.
Found font to be humid and mucky.
By comparison, the isere region was just hot and dry. Great climbing in sun and shade

grantoss
4/10/2011
12:29:31 PM
The earlier you can get there the better. May will be alright but if you leave it till June it could be hot and nasty - you'll still have fun but its much more pleasant when its not stinking hot.
Aren't the crags at higher altitude like ceuse a better option during the warmer months?
widewetandslippery
4/10/2011
12:46:55 PM
Dolomites.

Grantoss are u up for a boulder trip before brown snake season?
Wendy
4/10/2011
12:56:49 PM
On 4/10/2011 grantoss wrote:
>The earlier you can get there the better. May will be alright but if you
>leave it till June it could be hot and nasty - you'll still have fun but
>its much more pleasant when its not stinking hot.
>Aren't the crags at higher altitude like ceuse a better option during
>the warmer months?

At Ceuse in June, you won't be able to move for the hoards.
widewetandslippery
4/10/2011
1:03:10 PM
I am a moron. Thread topic bouldering. May/June go to the grampians or grenfell. Europe is shit in may/june for bouldering. That said I know nothing about Norway?........
kieranl
4/10/2011
1:04:55 PM
Ireland in June would be good for a couple of weeks. Small bouldering scene but they're crazy keen and, unfortunately, there's bound to be some of them out of work and available to show you around.

Maxo
5/10/2011
10:30:17 AM
Thanks all. Looks on balance like Switz might be best.

Ireland has bouldering?
kieranl
5/10/2011
12:08:44 PM
On 5/10/2011 omax wrote:

>Ireland has bouldering?
It even has a good bouldering guide. You wouldn't fly to Europe for it but if you're there and it's hot on the mainland it could be worth a visit. Check out Dave Flanagan's site http://www.theshortspan.com/

PS If you're coming up to Arapiles you can have a look at my copy of the guide.

grantoss
5/10/2011
12:47:18 PM
On 4/10/2011 widewetandslippery wrote:
>Dolomites.
>
>Grantoss are u up for a boulder trip before brown snake season?

yeah why not....when you thinkin?

Maxo
5/10/2011
10:23:32 PM
Some of that stuff looks quite good actually. Especially the cover shot. Cheers for the offer.

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