100 of the finest boulder problems in the Fontainebleau forest
- ISBN: 9781839810497224 pages
- Stéphan Denys
- Publication date
- 6 May 2021
Bleau Blocs: 100 of the finest boulder problems in the Fontainebleau forest is a visual celebration of this unique and vast bouldering venue.
Stéphan Denys is the eye of the Fontainebleau forest. Having spent nearly forty years as a photographer and climber roaming every inch of the rocky landscape, he has developed a special bond with these sandstone giants and their unique shapes: sometimes round and bumpy, sometimes sharp and angular, but always fascinating.
His photos span a range of eras and are accompanied by texts that expand on the context and characteristics of each boulder problem. Included is a Preface by Olivier Lebreton.
The 100 striking problems chosen are listed by sector: the National Forest, the Trois Pignons, Larchant and Nemours, followed by Buthiers and l’Essonne. Through this selection, the author shares his vision of bouldering in Fontainebleau and invites us to consider the boulders more deeply from all their angles.
An inspiring book for all climbers, whatever their level!
Stéphan Denys is an author and photographer. He has been passionate about Fontainebleau since the 1980s and has photographed many famous climbers including Jacky Godoffe and Ben Moon. He works closely with specialist press, publishers and gear manufacturers in the climbing industry.
- Title: Bleau Blocs
- Subtitle: 100 of the finest boulder problems in the Fontainebleau forest
- Author: Stéphan Denys (translated by Natalie Berry)
- Imprint: Vertebrate Publishing
- ISBN: 978-1-83981-049-7
- Rights: Worldwide English Language
- Publication date: 6 May 2021
- Edition: First
- Size: 246mm x 189mm
- Extent: 224 pages
- Cover: Paperback (flaps)
- Weight: 600g
- Retail price: £25
‘Denys has created an excellent anthology, one for which my main criticism is that there is not more of the same. He may have sought to create a picture book, as he says, but he has succeeded in creating something far more. On every trip I have made to the forest, I spend at least one day at a crag that I have never visited before. Usually, this is done at random, by browsing the guidebook for suitable grades. Denys has now given me direction by giving me beautiful imagery and inspiring words with which to continue my personal exploration of Fontainebleau. He has created a beautiful book of a beautiful place that holds a special place in so many hearts and, given his intention to find beauty, has done an ironically beautiful job.’ – Pete Edwards, Chalkbloc