Filip H.A. Claeys

Trekking in Mountainous and Subarctic Regions


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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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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

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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

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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

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