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!
End of May 2017, we did at ski traverse of the second largest ice cap of Iceland. (http://dietervanholder.be/ski-traverse-of-the-langjokull-ice-cap/)
70 km of trackless wilderness, Iceland’s second largest ice cap and 3 days to cross it. Why the hell not!
*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:
“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!
Trail running up a mountain surrounded by glaciers under the midnight sun wasn’t exactly an item on my bucket list, but it somehow happened!
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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.