Hiking in Cape Town, South Africa

Sep. 1st to Oct. 30th, 2023, I was working remotely for two months in Cape Town, South Africa. Bordering the city is Table Mountain National Park which stretches from Cape Town in the north to Cape of Good Hope in the south. The park includes the iconic Table Mountain (1,086 m) overlooking the city and … Continue Reading

Ski tour and freeride week in Silvretta, Switzerland

TREK REPORT 11-17 March 2023, I went on a 6-day ski tour and freeride week in Switzerland with the Dutch mountaineering club NKBV. We were based in the Heidelberger Hütte (2.262 m), just over the Swiss border near the Austrian town of Ischgl. Everyday the group of 16 participants + 3 Dutch instructors was divided … Continue Reading

How to prepare for a nature trek

This how-to post consists of two parts. This first part contains general information on how to prepare for a nature trek. The second part is a checklist called a TrekDoc (with sample data) that you can fill out in preparation for your own trek. IntroductionGoal of your trekWhere to goWhen to goTrekking routeFitnessWeightWater & foodSleepingWashing … Continue Reading

TrekDoc: a nature trek checklist

This is my follow-up post of Part 1: How to prepare for a nature trek. It’s about my TrekDoc: a checklist that you can fill out before you leave on your nature trek and that you can share with the trek participants and the people who stay at home. It serves multiple purposes: It’s a … Continue Reading

6-day hut-to-hut skitour in the Swiss Alps

TREK REPORT 13-18 March 2022, I did a 6-day hut-to-hut skitour in the area around the Wildstrübel in southwest Switzerland. It was a custom skitour from the Dutch organisation toerskien.org that was postponed 2 years because of Covid. Joining me were Jasper, Roos, Harmen, Frank and Italian mountain guide Francesco Vaudo. It turned out to … Continue Reading

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