Filip H.A. Claeys

Trekking in Mountainous and Subarctic Regions


1 Comment

LLT: Xoffraix

A 16.5 km hike with the Lustige Lochtingterters (LLT) along the Warche, Bayehon and Pouhon creeks, at the rim of the High Fens plateau. Starting place is the village of Xoffraix, and one of the highlights is the Bayehon Cascade (merely 9 m, but still the highest natural cascade in Belgium).

Pictures > Belgium 2018-06-16: Xoffraix

DSC_0050

DSC_0043

DSC_0209

DSC_0030

DSC_0067

DSC_0111

DSC_0163

DSC_0160

DSC_0168

DSC_0169

DSC_0203

DSC_0205

DSC_0211

DSC_0216

Advertisements


Leave a comment

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

DSC_0018

DSC_0019

DSC_0035

DSC_0059

DSC_0079

DSC_0077

DSC_0095

DSC_0097

DSC_0109

DSC_0148

DSC_0179

DSC_0184


1 Comment

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.

DSC_0028

DSC_0063

DSC_0068

DSC_0077

DSC_0089

DSC_0135

DSC_0156

DSC_0181

DSC_0201

DSC_0206

DSC_0221

DSC_0217

DSC_0229

DSC_0238


Leave a comment

Loonse en Drunense Duinen

Pictures of a beautiful 19 km solo hike through the inland sands and woods of the “Loonse en Drunense Duinen” national park, just north of the Dutch city of Tilburg.

The park measures approximately 35 km2 and exhibits an extensive sandplain subject to windborne dynamics. Outside of coastal regions, Europe has only few places where such phenomena can be observed.

Pictures > Netherlands 2018-03-31: Loonse en Drunense Duinen

DSC_0465

DSC_0494

DSC_0496

DSC_0508

DSC_0520

DSC_0527

DSC_0528

DSC_0540

DSC_0553

DSC_0570

DSC_0593

DSC_0603


1 Comment

LLT: Villers-la-Ville

Some days have it all: great weather, fine company, excellent hiking, beautiful scenery, surprising encounters, and a culture-historical visit of high standard.

Now that spring is officially upon us, I join the “Lustige Lochtingterters” (LLT) on a lovely hike through a variety of landscapes around the ruins of the old Cistercian abbey of Villers-la-Ville, founded in 1146 AD.

The hike includes a number of surprises: first of all, we are lucky to enjoy some unexpected nice weather, and secondly the valley of the Ry d’Hez creek seems to have been professionally remodelled by a family of beaver that recently moved into the area. The terrain is hence challenging and requires a bit of acrobacy…

I conclude the day in style by paying a visit to the impressive ruins of the old abbey, which after many centuries of prosperity was finally abandoned in 1796 AD.

Pictures > Belgium 2018-03-23: Villers-la-Ville

DSC_0050

DSC_0126

DSC_0125

DSC_0144

DSC_0104

DSC_0155

DSC_0162

DSC_0163

DSC_0178

DSC_0182

DSC_0194

DSC_0223

DSC_0247

DSC_0290

DSC_0318

DSC_0325