A town and forrested area to the south east of Paris. While it is home to a beautiful chateau and the Barbizon school of art, it is truly noteworthy as one of the great bouldering Meccas of the world. Rock climbers who engage in bouldering flock to the boulders in this forest to make absurdly difficult moves to climb 3 meter high bits of rock. The rock climbing here was originally developed as a training ground for the long free climbs in the Alps. The bouldering that was meant as a means to an end became a sub-specialty and sport unto itself. Along with areas such as Yosemite National Park and Hueco Tanks in the States and the Peak District in England, Fontainebleau is a global treasure to all the rock climbers of the world (even if we do gum up rock with pof)