Ranxerox – Tete d’Aval

From the end of August, we've spent around 5 weeks in the Ecrins and Ceuse in France. Lots of sportclimbing (my first 8a!), cycling, walking, swimming and a few longer routes. One of them was a route that was high on my wishlist: Ranxerox...

Six des eaux froides

In august 2019, after 5 days in Italy (Cadarese), we crossed the border to Switzerland to make a visit to Roland and his wife in Ovronnaz. While we were there, we did some nice hiking and Roland and me climbed a route at the 'Six des...

Don Quixote – Marmolada

A little report about another climb from last summer, on a wall that I wish to return to many more times.. the legendary and very steep Marmolada south face! With it's 800 meters of height difference and 3 km's of lenght, it's one of the...

Lacedelli, Cima Scotoni

I've met Dries Brandsma just briefly, at a coffee bar in Cortina with a common friend, but soon after we share a rope! I let him pick a route he wanted to do, and he came up with the 'Lacedelli' at the Cima Scotoni. At first...

Gelbe Mauer, Kleine Zinne

While mostly sportclimbing, biking & hiking in the Dolomites, Laurens and me took a day 'off' family life and went for an ascent of the ultimate classic on the Kleine Zinne, called 'Gelbe Mauer' (IX-, 300m), mid July 2019. First ascended by Stephan Glowacz and...

Freyr

Just an impression of a weekend in good old Freyr, in February 2019. So good to hang around with your friends at the Al Legne, ejoying the wintersun, realizing that your longtime projects havent't become easier over the years.. ...

Bergun & Davos

In january 2019, Vaal, Jelmer and me went on a 4-day skitrip to Switzerland, basecamp Lenzerheide. The first day we found perfect powder while freeriding in a small ski area nearby Lenzerheide. The second day, we did a big ski tour in Bergun to get...

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...