Filip H.A. Claeys

Trekking in Mountainous and Subarctic Regions


Leave a comment

High Fens: Breaking Trails

December is well on its way to become one of the murkiest on record. It is therefore no surprise that during another 20+ km solo hike across the High Fens conditions are extremely eerie: all is silent and white, and there is hardly a person to be seen. I have to do a substantial amount of trail breaking, but manage relatively easily without snowshoes as there is only up to 25 cm of snow.

Baraque Michel – Noir Flohai – Geitzbusch – Petit Bongard – Helle – Herzogenhügel – Spohrbach – Miesbach – Cléfaye – Pont Marie-Anne Libert – Baraque Michel

Pictures > Belgium 2017-12-17: High Fens

DSC_0091

DSC_0102

DSC_0120

DSC_0143

DSC_0147

DSC_0197

DSC_0204

DSC_0207

DSC_0257

DSC_0266

Advertisements


Leave a comment

LLT: Parkbos Gent

The last “Lustige Lochtingterters” (LLT) hike of the year takes us to my own “backyard”, i.e. Parkbos Gent, Westerplas and the village of Sint-Martens-Latem. Conditions couldn’t possibly be better to offer us a true LLT experience thanks to intense downpours of rain, flooded trails, slippery duckboards, remains of snow and ice, mud and low temperatures …

One of the members of the group is celebrating his 80th birthday and to everyone’s surprise he manages to walk the entire 20+ km without issues.

Pictures > Belgium 2017-12-16: Parkbos Gent

DSC_0297

DSC_0318

DSC_0342

DSC_0357

DSC_0359

DSC_0390

DSC_0489

DSC_0492

DSC_0496

DSC_0507


1 Comment

High Fens: First Snows

After a few dustings in November, the first real snows arrive beginning of December on the high plateaus in the east of Belgium.

I make a 25 km solo hike on a day with non-abating light snowfall and pretty pitiful conditions for photography due to the lack of light.

Baraque Michel – Bouquet Bastin – Noir Flohai – Geitzbusch – Petit Bongard – Herzogenhügel – La Béole – Haie de Souk – Botrange – Neûr Lowé – Béleu – Fagne de Polleur – Baraque Michel

Pictures > Belgium 2017-12-03: High Fens

DSC_0125

DSC_0134

DSC_0136

DSC_0137

DSC_0165

DSC_0176

DSC_0177

DSC_0213


4 Comments

LLT: Jodoigne

After a windy and rainy episode I make a 20.5 km hike with the gang of the “Lustige Lochtingterters” through the slightly hilly pastoral landscape in the vicinity of Jodoigne / Geldenaken, crossing the language border on a number of occasions. Trails are seriously muddy, but apart from the odd shower towards the end of the day, weather holds up pretty nicely.

Pictures > Belgium 2017-11-25: Jodoigne

DSC_0275

DSC_0278

DSC_0287

DSC_0291

DSC_0294

DSC_0303

DSC_0304

DSC_0245

DSC_0271

DSC_0337


Leave a comment

Flemish Ardennes: Hotondberg & Kluisberg

Autumn has one more gorgeous day in store before a depression arrives that blows away the last of the foliage.

I make a 21 km hike through the woods and hills of the Flemish Ardennes from Hotondberg (145 m) to Kluisberg (141 m) and back, passing through Kwaremont and the outskirts of Ronse.

Pictures > Belgium 2017-11-22: Hotondberg & Kluisberg

DSC_0115

DSC_0120

DSC_0121

DSC_0140

DSC_0149

DSC_0150

DSC_0154

DSC_0214


Leave a comment

Flemish Ardennes: Panorama route

Autumn foliage having reached its peak I make another splendid hike through the Flemish Ardennes. This time I opt for the Panorama route between Kwaremont and Zulzeke, and extend it with a detour to Scherpenberg.

The hike is about 18.5 km, involves many short climbs, and among other passes Hotondberg, which with a whopping 145 m,  is the highest hill in the province of East Flanders.

Conditions for photography are excellent with a slight haze during the cold morning hours, and brilliant sunshine and sharp-lined clouds for the remainder of the day.

Pictures > Belgium 2017-11-17: Panorama route

DSC_0068

DSC_0105

DSC_0183

DSC_0219

DSC_0221

DSC_0226

DSC_0229

DSC_0236

DSC_0252

DSC_0253


Leave a comment

Flemish Ardennes: Muziekberg route

After a touch of overnight frost last week, autumn is in full swing now.

On a blustery day with periods of intense sunshine, and unfortunately also downpours of rain, I make a 11 km hike around the 133 m hill named “Muziekberg” in the Flemish Ardennes.

Pictures > Belgium 2017-11-13: Muziekberg route

DSC_0008

DSC_0029

DSC_0030

DSC_0062

DSC_0064

DSC_0075

DSC_0078

DSC_0079

DSC_0136

DSC_0127