Filip H.A. Claeys

Trekking in Mountainous and Subarctic Regions


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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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Eifel: Monschau & Vogelsang

A short trip to the Eifel region in Germany, including a stay in the historic town of Monschau, and a 10 km hike around the former nazi & (Belgian) military training facilities of Vogelsang. Especially beautiful this time of year are the extensive colorful deciduous forests in the area.

Parkplatz Walberhof – Wollseifen – Vogelsang – Kickley viewpoint – Modelhübel viewpoint – Parkplatz Walberhof

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High Fens: Getzbach & Hill

A 16.5 km family hike around Haus Ternell in the German-speaking part of the High Fens, mostly along the Getzbach and Hill creeks. A slightly chilly and frosty start of the day, but nice and warm for the time of year in the afternoon.

Ternell – Getzbach – Rotenbüchel – Hohes Venn – Getzbach – Wesertalsperre – N67 – Hill – Ternell

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Norway 2018: Packrafting Rondane

During the third week of September I also make a 2 day – 60 km solo hiking & packrafting tour of the Atna river in the Rondane mountains. I start at Straumbu, hike up to Dørålseter via Langglupdalen, hike down to Frekmyre, and then paddle back to Straumbu. Conditions are fab, except for the wind which is gale force at higher elevations and makes any summit attempt impossible.

A full report of the Atna experience is available below. Videos will follow later, in due time.

Report > Norway 2018: Rondane

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