"Yes, you’re looking for awesome trails, but you’re also looking — on a bigger scale — for corridors of flow, through this network of nodes and edges. Through this network which we’ve been blessed with from the agricultural past and trading past. It’s all there; we just need to find the best ways through it.” –Ash Smith.
"By night two you’re beating yourself up. The incessant voices in your head pleading every possible angle, begging for relief, are worse than the physical discomfort which is gnarly at its own right. Those who finished the race had to endure a third night on nothing more that a short cat nap here and there. By this stage, most people literally start losing their mental faculties. You begin to hallucinate."
The French concept of “Station de Trail” set up some marked trails in the area of Herbeumont and since I love this concept, I suggested a hangout where we’d check some of them out. It turned into a classic Belgian “Ardennes weekend”, which means beautiful nature, chilling out in small warm rivers, bonfires, barbeques and Belgian beers. A great weekend with very good company! Even after many epic hikes, I still love these hangouts very much. On to the next one!
*This event is mainly aimed at Dutch speaking public, but anyone is welcome, we speak English, French and German.
Le Tombeau du Chevalier (de Tombe van de Ridder) is een naam die velen van ons bekend in de oren klinkt. De diepe bossen rond Herbeumont waar de Semois zich meanderent in de heuvels snijdt is een plaats vol mythes en legendes van magische wezens. Een plaats waar Romeinse legioenen met angst en argwanen door de stamgebieden van onze voorouders begaven om uiteindelijk aan hun hand in het niets te verdwijnen. Wouden die Caesar lieten schrijven “Horum omnium fortissimi sunt Belgae” – (Van de Galliërs zijn de Belgen de dapperste/sterkste)
Wij bieden drie manieren aan om tijdens het Pinksterweekend deze bossen te beleven: Read more!
“Handheld Satellite Communicator and GPS Navigation with 100% global Iridium satellite coverage!” That’s how Garmin advertises their inReach Explorer+. When you first start to do longer excursions in the backcountry, good map skills and carrying a charged phone is on top of everyone’s list. But when you start going into very remote terrain or when you are guiding people hours away from the nearest road or phone signal, you want to minimize any possible obstacle to knowing exactly where you are – and you want to maximize your ability to communicate quickly, clearly and with precision. Read the full test report!
Most accidents happen with hikers. That’s right. Not climbers, not alpinists, not mountain bikers… The largest number of people that have serious accidents were simply walking. Of course this only happens to big city fools doing outrageously stupid things right? The truth is that if you go out often enough, you will sooner or later find yourself into some kind of trouble. Over commitment and tunnel vision then become a leading cause for more trouble. Read the full story!
This experience is the perfect example to illustrate how the best way to make friends to share experiences, is by going out and just doing what you love to do. Having just arrived in Iceland, I was asking around in some Facebook groups to see if anyone wanted to go trail running with me. Just when I was about to give up hope, Viggó, a local, messaged me that he was going to take a Canadian friend for a trail run to a secret hot pool and that I was welcome to join.
I’m currently working out of Skógar in South Iceland, home of the world famous Skógafoss waterfall and trailhead of the magnificent Fimmvorðuhals trail. After you’ve gotten over the novelty of this wall of water thundering down, the next thing you notice is this imposing hill dominating the handful of houses. I’ve been itching to get up there to see if I could find a nice route to train my anti-gravity endurance and today was just the perfect day to do it.