Considered to be the mecca of climbing, sandstone junkies from all over the world come to Fontainebleau to attempt as many boulder circuits as they can before the epidermis of their fingertips begins to peel. Even then, the extremists manage to squeeze out a few more routes by taping over their wounds.
These guys are not afraid to fail and if their first attempts are unsuccessful, they chalk up and try again.
Often times the most difficult part is not the challenge itself, it's overcoming psychological barriers that are preventing you from taking that first step.
I spent 5 days in the middle of the forest with climbers from Argentina, Canada, Germany, Spain and Uruguay, and I believe that I have a greater understanding and appreciation for why they do what they do.
For many climbers, the meaning is the struggle itself.