Filip H.A. Claeys

Trekking in Mountainous and Subarctic Regions


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LLT: Xoffraix

A 16.5 km hike with the Lustige Lochtingterters (LLT) along the Warche, Bayehon and Pouhon creeks, at the rim of the High Fens plateau. Starting place is the village of Xoffraix, and one of the highlights is the Bayehon Cascade (merely 9 m, but still the highest natural cascade in Belgium).

Pictures > Belgium 2018-06-16: Xoffraix

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LLT: Hageland

Pleasant summer-like temperatures during a 15 km hike with the “Lustige Lochtingterters” (LLT) through the Walenbos alderbrook forest in the region known as Hageland. The forest has some interesting wet areas with very clear seepage water that has a naturally high iron content.

Pictures > Belgium 2018-04-21: Hageland

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Semois: Monthermé

The second day of our weekend takes us to the French part of the Semois region (where the name of the river is spelled as Semoy). We steeply climb up to Longue Roche and enjoy the many viewpoints overlooking the town and its bend in the river Meuse.

In the afternoon we head to the picturesque site of Roc la Tour for a bit of scrambling fun.

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Semois: Rochehaut & Bouillon

After 2 months with mostly below average temperatures spring suddenly arrives in Belgium with temperatures around the 20°C mark. We head over to the Ardennes for the weekend and spend the first day on a 18 km hike through and around the Semois river valley, from the village of Rochehaut to Tombeau du Géant and back.

The warm temperatures are in strange contrast to the trees, which have not sprouted one bit yet and still look the same as in the dead of winter.

We spend the night in the town of Bouillon, close to its citadel. The latter was first mentioned in 988 AD and was once owned by Godfrey of Bouillon, one of the leaders of the First Crusade.

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Loonse en Drunense Duinen

Pictures of a beautiful 19 km solo hike through the inland sands and woods of the “Loonse en Drunense Duinen” national park, just north of the Dutch city of Tilburg.

The park measures approximately 35 km2 and exhibits an extensive sandplain subject to windborne dynamics. Outside of coastal regions, Europe has only few places where such phenomena can be observed.

Pictures > Netherlands 2018-03-31: Loonse en Drunense Duinen

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