time traveling again.
but instead of walking, you’re going to climb back to the second weekend of april. to the forests of maincourt-sur-yvette, a suburb of paris. and no, even if you are in a forest, it isn’t trees that you’re climbing.
it’s the rocks that interest you.
boulders perfect for climbing. which is why there are numbered routes painted onto them. white = easiest. this is the one you follow.
but before you start, you need to eat. so the first thing you do is picnic, in true french style.
once all that food settles down, it’s time to get ready. climbing shoes, crash pads, and chalk – all essentials if you decide to go bouldering.
faire du bloc, or to go bouldering, is a type of climbing without ropes or helmets since you don’t climb very high – but crash pads, or les matelas, are a must since falling from a short distance is still falling and the ground isn’t any softer.
to make it even more fun, try climbing without your hands.
if you need motivation, there are people at the top to cheer you on. allez allez allez! c’est facile! allez! tu peux tu peux!
and if you really want a challenge, follow the orange route. these climbers make it look easy, but you witnessed them fall multiple times before finally making it to the top.
the key to climbing is to not give up. eventually you’ll make it to the top with enough effort, because it really is worth it once you succeed.