Sunday, June 8, 2014

Switzerland/France Spring 2014

I just got back from an amazing trip to Europe! We were able to visit 7 countries during our stay; Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Poland, Liechtenstein, France and Italy.

The biggest thing that stood out was the difference between the climbing in Swiss versus that in Fontainebleau, France.  The climbing was completely different.  How the day went by was different as well!  

While in Swiss we had to pick our battles, climbing either in the morning or evening and each having a project that we were psyched on.  There was a lot more hiking because the boulders were spread out.  We also drove around more because there are so many areas in the Ticino area; Choronico, Cresciano, Val Bavona, Brione and a couple more. Even what we ate for lunch was different.  We would buy a Panne Rustica - this brown bread that has so many seeds all over it.  We would get a cream cheese called "tartar" to dip the bread in or Nutella.  

Fontainebleau is one of the most magical and unbelievable areas I've been to.  There are no mountains.  It's completely flat but covered with forest.  You walk into one of these forests and out of nowhere, there's these amazingly featured boulders littering the woods.  The boulders remind me of the south to areas such as Horse Pens 40 and even a little to Rocktown.  For lunch we would go to the local bakery and buy anything that we wanted that day.  I think we all gained some weight while in France!   


The features in Fontainbleau are just amazing and I can't wait to have the opportunity to go back, hopefully with cooler temps.  The top outs are sometimes he hardest part of the boulder and usually more tricky than hard - you just have to find the right body position and voila, it's doable!! 

My time in Europe was amazing to say the least! And I can't wait for the next adventure which will be taking us back to South Africa! It's going to be a great two months there before we head back for the Trade Show in Salt Lake City, UT.  

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