Fred & Nalle Bag hand out

“Chasin’ the rubbish” in Fontainebleau and Val di Mello

Every year at Easter there are an estimated 10,000 climbers and other visitors hanging out at the boulders in the forest of Fontainebleau. Black Diamond will be there from April 3-6, 2015, with a team of athletes and employees to draw visitors’ attention to a more responsible approach to the outdoors and rock. Even though climbing in Fontainebleau became popular way back at the end of the 19th century, there are still an unfathomable number of boulders to be discovered. The forest offers lots of room and rock to climb. Our goal is to preserve this playground for future generations.

The BD Team and athletes Nalle Hukkataival, Nico Favresse, Fred Nicole, and Dorothea Karalus seek to explain responsible behavior to visitors and climbers through talks and flip charts. For example, to climb only with clean climbing shoes (sand on the soles polishes rock), to use as little chalk as possible, to not leave tick marks behind, to stay on marked trails (to avoid the risk of erosion), to pick up one’s rubbish (especially toilet paper), and not to make campfires.

Nico Jamming

Black Diamond will organise this Clean Climbing Event for the fourth time. Just like in Fontainbleau, there will also be climbers gathering in Val di Mello for Melloblocco from April 30 to May 3, 2015. The BD Team will play the same role and mingle with boulderers. After this major climbing event, nature should still be shining in all its beauty – and this requires a responsible approach by each and every participant.

Click here to view clips of past events.