Rob Denayer

Rob Denayer


8c climber from Belgium

Very skilled boulderer, in love with Fontainebleau

Currently renovating first bouldering gym in Belgium


  • I was born in: 1998
  • I’ve been climbing since: 2008
  • I have climbed on rocks: My hardest route is Insolence 8c (but it is almost a boulder with only 4 quickdraws ;) ). I did a few longer 8b’s but I almost never climb lead.
  • I have climbed on boulders: Multiple 8C boulders (dreamtime, big island, le pied a coulisse, Story of two worlds)
  • With a mattress or with a rope? Mattress of course!
  • Good conditions in winter or good time in summer? Definitely good conditions in winter, I hate warm weather!
  • In the valley or in the mountains? Thats difficult to decide because it can be so peaceful high in the mountains. But I think I prefer the valley because there’s often a river nearby and beautiful trees.
  • Alone or in a group? I can focus best alone and enjoy the silence or sounds of nature a lot.
  • Edge or sloper? Nothing feels better than a good sloper in Fontainebleau when it’s good conditions.
  • Static or dynamic? A like dynamic moves but I’m probably a better static climber.
  • Practice or OS? Practice. I enjoy trying to flash boulders (up to 8A+) but it’s rare for me to flash something outdoors.
  • Flannel shirt or T-shirt? I was always a T-Shirt fan until Rafiki designed the flannel shirt, I’m 100% in love!


1. If you could only go to one area, what would it be? 
I would die in Fontainebleau if I could ;)

2. Which route "punished" you the most and which one was so good that it surprised you? 
Ill Trill 8B+ in magic wood punished me the most. It has very nice athletic moves but the rock and the boulder itself are not very beautiful (in my opinion) and I had a lot of trouble with the heelhooks. So I projected a boulder that I hated for 5 days. It was hard to stay motivated and hike up there every day again. 

The boulder that surprised me most was my 1 session ascent of Ninja Skills 8B+ in Sobrio (Switzerland ). The hike was horrible and it was super cold in the shade. I just wanted to feel the moves a bit because it was our last day there but it got better and better and I could give good tries from the start. That one is still my biggest fight to date!

3. What OS do you value the most? 
I flashed an 8A+ called Rombuk in Silvretta (Austria) in 2019 with a beautiful rose move in the middle of a big overhang. That was probably my best flash-feeling (together with the flash of second life 8A+ in Chironico).

4. Do you have a precise training plan, or do you stick to the motto "the best climbing training is climbing”?
The best training is definitely climbing for me. I try to add some campus board and one arm hangs and one arm pull-ups if I can.

5. What about your diet, rest, and compensatory exercise? 
What has worked well for you personally? I don’t have a diet and I rest when I’m not climbing (haha) I climb 4-5 times in the week. In the past I did some running as well but I need to find some nice new places to explore.

6. Would you eventually like to try other climbing disciplines that you haven't tried much yet (races, multi-pitch climbing, winter mountains, etc.)?
Multi-pitch climbing looks so nice but for the moment I do not know the techniques (I can barely rope climb ;) but it must be really nice to be so high with nice exposure and enjoy some “easy” climbing.


Rob Denayer climbing Lazarus 8B, Fontainebleau.

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