Filip H.A. Claeys

Trekking in Mountainous and Subarctic Regions


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LLT: Tervuren

A 16 km hike with the “Lustige Lochtingterters” (LLT) through the woods between Jezus-Eik and Tervuren, part of the green belt around the city of Brussels.

Pictures > Belgium 2019-01-26: Tervuren

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Parkbos Gent: Section Grand Noble

Another hike through wintry Parkbos Gent during one of my lunch breaks. This time I pay a visit to the section known as “Grand Noble”, which is situated around the castle by the same name in the community of De Pinte. The castle in its current form was completed in 1860, but the site itself appears in records dating as early as the 2nd half of the 13th century.

Pictures > Belgium 2019-01-24: Parkbos Gent – Section Grand Noble

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Parkbos Gent: Section Rosdambeek

It doesn’t often snow here in the Flemish lowlands, so when it does, we have to enjoy it while it lasts. During a recent wintry episode I therefore have no problem sacrificing my lunch break to a 1 hour hike through nearby Parkbos Gent, more specifically the section that is known as “Vallei van de Rosdambeek” (valley of the Rosdam brook), in the community of Sint-Martens-Latem.

Pictures > Belgium 2019-01-23: Parkbos Gent – Section Rosdambeek

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LLT: Polders of the River Scheldt

The last hike of the year with the “Lustige Lochtingterters” (LLT) takes us to an interesting area of polders on the southern shores of the river Scheldt, just west of the busy international sea port of Antwerp.

We start in Emmadorp on Dutch soil, cross the border to Belgium and hike through Prosper polder. Prosper polder has been impoldered in 1846, but large parts of it are being returned to the tidal processes of the river. After lunch we again cross the border to the Netherlands and hike through Hedwige polder, which will be entirely unpoldered in the not too distant future, in order to compensate for recent extensions of the port of Antwerp. Finally, we reach the “Verdronken Land van Saeftinghe” (“Drowned Land of Saeftinghe”), which used to be a fertile polder from the 13th until the 16th century, but was taken back by the river through a series of floodings. Four villages and a castle hence disappeared from the face of the earth. The area is currently protected as a nature reserve and is actually quite unique as it is the largest brackish water tidal area in Europe.

Pictures > Belgium 2018-12-22: Scheldepolders

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Norway 2018: Videos

Finally got around to completing all 5 PoV videos of the packrafting part of September’s solo trek through the colorful forests and fjells of eastern Norway’s villmarken. The videos may seem a bit lengthy but do give a good idea of the serene atmosphere and general conditions of the trip: no people, hardly any infrastructure, just unspoiled nature.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy…

Rendalen: Sølensjøen / Arasjøen lakes and Sølna river



Rondane: Atna river


For more information, the full reports (with pictures, story and maps) are here:


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LLT: Borinage

18.5 km with the Lustige Lochtingterters (LLT) through the Borinage region in the province of Hainaut: old mining communities and wooded terrils. The region used to be bustling with activity during the haydays of the coal mining industry, but since the last of the mines were closed in the 1960’s, decline has set in. At this moment the region has the highest unemployment rate in Belgium, and many houses and buildings are in a deplorable state.

The weather is pretty lousy throughout the entire day, with bad visibility, rainfall and relatively low temperatures. At lunch-time we erect a temporary shelter to escape the worst of the rain, and towards the end of the day we reach the UNESCO-listed industrial site of Grand-Hornu.

Due to the bad weather I leave my DSLR camera in the trunk of the car, and shoot a number of low quality cell phone pictures instead.

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