Filip H.A. Claeys

Trekking in Mountainous and Subarctic Regions


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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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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 on a 25 km hike through the area.

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


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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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