Filip H.A. Claeys

Trekking in Mountainous and Subarctic Regions

Packrafting Aisne

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A cloudy but calm day in the Belgian Ardennes with a temperature of approximately 5°C. Evert, Jelle and I meet up for another packrafting trip, and this time we are also joined by Berten, an avid mountain biker who has developed an interest in packrafting.

At 10:15 am we put in at the village of Fanzel, intending to float down the river Aisne to Bomal-sur-Ourthe. Today’s flow isn’t particularly high, but it is still sufficient to have a comfortable ride (although a bit less so than during our previous trip of February 2019). We have to take out twice due to fallen trees, and Evert’s good deed of the day is to clean up one of these obstructions. We also take out at a concrete dam, although strictly speaking this is probably not necessary. All other dams are jumped, some of them even multiple times.

We arrive in Bomal around 12:45 pm, after 12.5 km of paddling. We fool around a bit with our cameras, pack up, and head home after another pleasant day on the water.

(Erezée: 1.68 m3/s)

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