Trekking in Femundsmarka, Norway

TREK REPORT 8-13 August 2021, I did a 6-day 76 km trek with Leon Reteig and Vince Linssen in Femundsmarka National Park in Norway. Together with eight connected nature areas (some in Sweden), Femundsmarka is part of Gränslandet (‘Border Land’) which is one of the largest continuous areas of wilderness in southern Scandinavia (2.100 km2). … Continue Reading

Mountaineering course in the Ötztaler Alps in Austria

TREK REPORT 19-26 September 2020 I did a C1 mountaineering course with the Dutch Alpine club NKBV in the Ötztaler Alps in Austria. Our base was the Ötztaler Naturcamping in Huben and from there we made six day-trips in the Sölden area with our experienced guide, Bergführer Alexander Giacomelli from Alpinesport-Center. We practiced rope techniques, … Continue Reading

Weekend trek and bushcraft in the Ardennes

TREK REPORT 6-8 Sep. 2019 I did some hiking, wild camping and bushcraft with Leon Reteig in the French Ardennes near Fumay. Total distance: 21 km. Our route (including campsites) on Google Maps Other weekend treks in the French Ardennes Weekend trek in the French Ardennes (2014) Navigating the French Ardennes (2011) Warning Trek Reports … Continue Reading

Kayaking at the Vinkeveense Plassen

Only a 20-minute drive South of Amsterdam is the popular nature and watersports area the Vinkeveense Plassen. I went kayaking there a few times over the years with friends. We rented kayaks at Vinkeveen Haven (about €20 for 4 hours per kayak). They also have the convenient free map “Vinkeveense Plassen Recreatie- en Plassenkaart”. Here … Continue Reading