Saturday evening, shortly after midnight, outside the Court of Saint-Emilion, in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. On the pavement, people in their thirties, cigarettes in their mouths and mugs of beer in their hands, are chatting, looking into the bay windows of what at first glance looks like a bar. But there are no tables or chairs inside. Just a big loudspeaker playing electro, a big rack and… walls covered in colorful climbing holds where boys (some without shirts) and girls (in fluorescent t-shirts) are deftly exercising.
Katel, a 26-year-old graphic designer, first came to The Triangle, a new hybrid space between a climbing wall and a nightclub. “I have a lot of climbing friends, so when I heard about it, I wanted to see what it was like. It’s funny, we’re like in a play. Moreover, climbers also put on a show…”, slips a young woman. Today she just watched. But consider experimenting another time… one evening when I’m less drunk! “.
Welcome to the world of blockpark. These new climbing rooms, where people come not only to climb, but also to share a craft beer or a vegan burger with friends, are incredibly trendy right now. The numbers speak for themselves: if in France in the early 2000s there were only a few facilities for artificial climbing (SAE), then we have