Filip H.A. Claeys

Trekking in Mountainous and Subarctic Regions


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France 2020: Ardèche

During the second half of July, we make a last minute family trip to the Drôme and Archèche regions in the south of France. Next to regular sight-seeing we also have some hiking, canyoning and paddling on the program. The picture story below zooms in on packrafting and kayaking on the Ardèche river.

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Kayaking Leie – bis

Two days after my previous after-work solo kayaking trip on the river Leie, I again take to the water and paddle 12 km from the public jetty of Sint-Martens-Latem to the entrance to the Bourgoyen nature reserve, on the outskirts of Gent, passing Afsnee and Sint-Denijs-Westrem in the process. Weather is as beautiful as last time, and the atmosphere is still of a southern riviera.

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Paddling Rekkelingebeek

Tucked away under a weeping willow on the shores of Oude Leie in Bachte-Maria-Leerne, is the entrance to a little creek by the name of Rekkelingebeek. Evert and I have had our eyes set on it for some time, so when Evert checks in for an impromptu after-work paddling trip (canoe / inflatable kayak on this occasion), it doesn’t take long for us to decide to explore this little hidden gem.

The most challenging part of the trip is probably the very beginning, as we meet several series of fallen trees. As usual, a bit of acrobacy is needed to get passed. Soon after however, the creek widens and we enter a picturesque pastoral landscape. We observe several kingfisher specimen, as well as other more common water birds, such as coot and grey heron.

Approximately halfway, we reach another obstacle: a strange-looking curved tree that acts as a narrow gateway to the other side of the creek. We manage to get through, although only just about.

Not far from the well-known Filliers jenever distillery, we cannot proceed further and turn back to Oude Leie. In the meantime, sun has sunk and we are treated to a rather spectacular colorful evening sky.

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