Filip H.A. Claeys

Trekking in Mountainous and Subarctic Regions


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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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Where the Wild Flowers Grow

An impromptu 17 km Sunday afternoon solo hike through the woods of the Flemish Ardennes (and neighboring Pays des Collines), in search of bluebells and other wild flowers.

Pictures > Belgium 2018-04-15: Muziekberg

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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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Another glorious Easter skiing holiday

A late season skiing holiday in the French Alps always gives a good chance of fabulous weather, pleasant temperatures, and strong contrasts between early summer conditions at lower elevations and good ski fun higher up the mountains. This is exactly what we encountered during our family holiday mid-April in La Plagne: sunny weather all week long, mild temperatures, and skiing from the glacier at 3170 m down to 1350 m.

Pictures > France 2017-04: La Plagne


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LLT: Bois de Wallers

In the center of the densely populated and heavily industrialized north of France are the woods of Wallers-Arenberg. These woods are best known for a horrible stretch of cobble stones that leads through them, and is often the place where the cycling classic of Paris-Roubaix is decided.

Although April is nearing its end, weather unfortunately seems to have taken a turn for the worst, and it is therefore a rather dull and chilly day when I join the “Lustige Lochtingterters” (LLT) on a 25 km hike through the area.

Pictures > France 2017-04-22: Bois de Wallers


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LLT: Up and down the hills around Teuven

A 20 km hike with “De Lustige Lochtingterters” up and down the hills around the village of Teuven in the Flemish enclave of Voeren, which borders the Netherlands to the north and Wallonia to the west, east and south. The day was particularly cold for late April, with a mere 4°C in the morning and just below 10°C the rest of the day.

Pictures > Belgium 2016-04-23: Teuven

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