Le polichinelle dans le tiroir – Tete d’Aval

A few pictures of a cold but satisfying day on the Tete d'Aval climbing the route 'Le polichinelle dans le tiroir' (7a max, 350m) with Niels. Openend by J.M. Cambon and his friends in the early eighties. We found the majority of the pitches quite...

La Meije south face (Allain/Leiniger)

Getting a glimpse of 'La Meije', the majestic 3.984 meter peak was what always kept me busy if I passed by La Grave. When will I get the chance to climb this mountain, I wondered...

Wunderwelt – Hohe Göll

After Europe's big lockdown, and only one possible short week for me to go climbing, it was uncertain where to go. Fortunately, Germany and Luxemburg opened up, while France, Belgium, Switzerland and Austria were still closed. Roland Bekendam and me decided to go the...

Before the lockdown trip to Chamonix

In february 2020 I could sneak out the Netherlands for a 4-days adventure around Chamonix, with Mark. Not knowing that this would be the last trip to the mountains for a while.. :( We started off with a nice skitour to the col des amethystes (at...

La Draye – La lune et le papillon

Some pictures of Rogier van Rijn in a nice 250m route we did together last summer in Ailefroide. Eight pitches up to 7b, on a summer evening. Great memories! More info on camp2camp. 6b slab pitch Great 7a(+) 7b - unusually steep for Ailefroide! ...

The 3 best crags in the Hautes Alpes

My top-3 crags in the Hautes Alpes : 1) Céüse 2) La Saume 3) Rif d'Oriol. All 3 blessed with very aesthetic rock, offering the best sportclimbing on the planet.. But...

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...