Frankenjura

In September and October 2018, I went twice to one of my favorite climbing areas in Northern Europe, the Frankenjura. Fresh air, sleepy villages, short powerfull climbs, schnitzel, Schäufele & Weizen-beers -> this is the Franken. Weather and conditions this fall were perfect for longer periods, so...

Recovery in the Ecrins, France

Last August I got hit frontally by a fast driving scooter while commuting from work to home at my roadbike. I got seriously injured and even temporarly lost my memory.  With a 'cerebral haemorrhage' and a skull fracture I couldn't think of climbing this year...

Grande Dru south face – Voie Contamine

By the beginning of July, Harald, Laurens, Jelle and me decided to head to one of the most iconic & dramatic peaks of Chamonix and the western Alps: the Dru's. The 'petit Dru' (3.733m) and 'grande Dru' (3.754m), together refered to as the Dru's or Dru,...

Skitouring Dutch championships

Long time no posting.. so I'll try to come up with what has happened since.. :) First of all, in March, my buddy Valentijn, my sister & me joined the Dutch National Skimountaineering Championships. It is organized by the Dutch Mounatineering Federation (NKBV) and (part of)...

Col d’Argentiere & Breche Puiseux

After two days of bad weather (filled with bowling & playing on the piste and just outside the pistes of Argentiere), we managed to make two super nice powder descents mid-february. The first day with clear skies we are a bit frightened for avalanches with...

Ojo de pez – Ponoig

On January 2nd, Laurens and me have climbed a route called Ojo de Pez on the southeast wall of the Ponoig, a limestone peak close to Benidorm. Perfect weather & conditions made up for a great day out. The climbing was technical and crimpy for...

Margalef

To start the dark December month with, we went to Margalef for a sportclimbing trip. When you think of Spain, you think about sun, blue skies, t-shirts/shorts and yellow rock walls. Only the latter we found ;) It was bitterly cold and we even got...

Presles

The day has been long. Travelling to Amsterdam in the morning, working, heading home, eating, driving to the Dutch-Belgium border in Breda to meet up with Jeroen, and then a loooong time on the highway down south. Talking, music, a beer, another one, and than...

Chamonix summer throwback

Last august, Jelmer, Guus, Loek and me went to the Chamonix Aiguilles for some premium quality granite climbing. First at the south side of the Aiguilles (in the 'Envers des Aiguilles' area) and later we approached these 'aiguilles' (french for 'pinnacles') from the north side. The...