It all started on Friday, Mark, Jen, Maarten
headed south in the mobile home lovingly referred to as the Truck, leaving a frozen Amsterdam behind and heading to the barren wastes near Namur in Belgium.
After a quick stop off at the last McD's in Holland we soon arrived to the familiar sight of the refuge. A beer or 2 later Joost
shuffled in grinning and happy to partake in a quick beer before bed.
The news that… Continue
Added by Daniel on January 20, 2010 at 23:13 —
The direct tekst from the forum of Climbing.nl Please be awear for this if you go to Belgium.
Ik wil jullie graag attenderen op het volgende bericht op Belclimb en hoop dat jullie deze gebieden voorlopig zullen mijden.
´Omdat er geen milieuvergunning meer afgeleverd is voor le Rocher du Vignoble in Sy/Hamoir en voor les Rochers de la Vierge in Comblain-la-Tour wordt klimmen er tijdelijk helemaal verboden. De twee nationale bergsportfederaties zijn bij de beslissing… Continue
Added by Pieter on January 14, 2010 at 14:00 —
Check this one out:
Everything you need to know about (rock) climbing in Belgium! Site in 3 languages.
If you have any further questions on climbing in Belgium, just ask me!
Added by Maarten Schmidt on November 29, 2009 at 10:00 —
We set off on Sunday lunchtime, and arrived in Strasbourg around 7.30pm after a longish drive. No tents to set up, as we were staying in a hotel, which was very appreciated. (Even though Bourgogne was a great weekend it DID get chilly during the nights ;) ). The hotel was a hit and the staff was very nice and helpful when we asked them where we could climb and how to get there. They recommended us a few places to check the following day for information.
On Monday morning, we went to… Continue
Added by Celine on October 28, 2009 at 14:50 —
Freezing nights and perfectly blue skies during the day, combined with copious amounts of French wine (the good stuff), excellent company and the most delicious saucisson you can imagine describe perfectly the long weekend we spent in France.
At night the temperatures dropped way way low, but we survived and awoke each morning to an amazing white 'picture postcard' wonderland that by 9am had melted to nothing.
As the sun… Continue
Added by Daniel on October 23, 2009 at 2:02 —
...to an end ! :-)
Another successful weekend in the Belgium Ardennes comes to an end, and heralds in the beginning of the Autumn and cooler weather. The weekend was a first for so many of our team, here's a little breakdown of what we all got up to - unfortunately I forgot MY camera, so we'll have to rely on the rest of the team to upload pics! (oh dear!)
It was hectic on the roads Friday when we all set off in 3 seperate cars from Amsterdam. We all edged slowly through… Continue
Added by Daniel on September 14, 2009 at 15:00 —
...having hiked to the hut in the early morning after a 9hour drive and only a few hours sleep we collapsed in a sweaty heap. Eventually we regained some composure and once again found the power of the spoken word and introduced ourselves to the hut organisers :-)
The hut is perched half way up the öugstchummuhorn on the col to Roti Chüle at 2500m, and is exactly what you'd expect from a mountain hut, warm and cosey on the inside commanding brilliant views of the surrounding… Continue
Added by Daniel on July 6, 2009 at 18:30 —
By 4pm we were all together, car loaded and an expectency you could taste :)
With the destination loaded to the TomTom, we were expecting to arrive around 1am - boy how we were wrong
As soon as we left the ring road we hit traffic, and bad traffic as what seemed like the entire Noord-Holland headed south and east desperate to escape the flat lands, we joined the throng and all the way down to Arnhem the jams continued.
By 9pm our arrival time was 3am -… Continue
Added by Daniel on July 6, 2009 at 2:12 —
Well sunday Pieter, Adrian, Jacco, some kids and myself took the 2h drive to Groningen.
You can see Excalibur which is a 37meter tower from a long way off, and it is awesome. Around the tower are some great bolder problems that have been designed to look like Bleu and give you the feeling you're climbing real rock.
Inside is also very good, there are a lot of routes, which are very well thought out and designed. Some really interesting 'features'. The route setting cannot… Continue
Added by Daniel on June 15, 2009 at 21:22 —
Bonjour tout le monde, ca va? Bourgonge cést super, et je peux parle le francais super bon maintenant :-)
Needless to say it was a great Amber weekend.
Dasha, Jen, Mark, Paul and I headed off down to Bourgogne
Added by Daniel on May 25, 2009 at 20:00 —
Yea, it took me quite a while.. but finally I wrote it! This is a kind of continuation to Daniel‘s post „Yvoir and Hotton“
from the moment we split up and me together with Auste hitch hiked to Namur (the first car that stopped pretty soon was going there). As the weather was starting to clear we checked some maps and headed for Beez – this place was next to the railway and the name seemed to be familiar from some… Continue
Added by Vytautas on May 2, 2009 at 14:00 —
What a great Easter that was. On sunday India, Sasha, Bilal and I headed south to see what we could get up to.
We first went to Yvoir, and spent a lazy afternoon on the L'ecole sector, great rock and some lovely 3c's and 4a's - India did well but Sasha was pretty sick (see pics) so he suffered in silence (bless him) while the rest of us ticked some routes. Bilal did well but suffered from the wrong footware which made it pretty trecherous for him.
Sunday evening we stayed… Continue
Added by Daniel on April 13, 2009 at 23:00 —
Today Trey, Dasha and I headed out to the climbing paradise that is Spaarnwoude :-) Trey was a little late, but hey he's a yank so only to be expected (ie. 1941) ;-)
Though it was pretty dull (cloudy and a little foggy) is was actually pretty 'sweet' (whatever that means!)
It was fairly busy with teams already on the routes but Trey settled down to his warm up lead which he sent without fuss, this of couse took a certain amount of blind faith on his part as he's only met… Continue
Added by Daniel on April 4, 2009 at 16:00 —
What a trip!
Friday - Lin, Celine, Mark and I hit the road at 4pm on the dot and didn't hit traffic till past Utrecht. We arrived 40mins early - just enough time to grab a pizza... mine had EGG on it ! Go figure.
The venue to see Dave was low key and we secured our seats right down the front. Dave's lecture was fascinating and inspiring, detailing his training and preparation for Echo Wall (you can see a pic of me buying it in my albums) - Echo Wall has to be one of the… Continue
Added by Daniel on March 22, 2009 at 0:00 —
Today Celine, Dasha and I went for a look see at Spaarnwoude.
Well I'd like to report that the sun blazed down and we had to strip off to shorts 'n' tee shirts, with palms a sweating we chalked up for some superb climbing.... however that would not be entirely true :-)
When we arrived it was raining slightly, and the drizzle continued most of the day - making it a little cold and slippery, but none the less we kitted up and did get to do a couple of nice routes before the… Continue
Added by Daniel on March 14, 2009 at 17:09 —
Well it was an Alpine start in the Dam... 6am departure from Amsterdam which I grant is not a REAL alpine start, but this is not the REAL Alps, is it :-)
Picked up Lin and Kieran on route...
I was 280km to Durnal, we got a full tank of gas, half a thermos of tea, it was dark and we're wearing beanies...
The drive down, spirits were high and a variety of tunes fuelled by large amounts of antici..pation everyone eager to get there as soon as.
With just… Continue
Added by Daniel on March 8, 2009 at 13:30 —
Well today I became the proud owner of the Paradou Yvoir guide book (thanks patrick)
Just drooling over the pics now :-)
Added by Daniel on February 25, 2009 at 1:14 —
Just want to say Hi..
Moved over last year from UK, living in Monnickendam.
Happy the Irony of being a climber in Holland is over ;)
Added by Richard Cook on February 23, 2009 at 23:25 —
Well that time has come.... actually I've not been on 'Winter Holiday' for about 5 years, but who's counting?
I'll be driving friday 13th (I may leave at 1min past midnight just in case) to Val Thorens in France for a week of sun snow and sacre bleu ;-) just me and the kids which is going to be a challenge.
Really looking forward to it, but I'm going to miss the climbing, so I expect to be back and climbing every hour god sends to make up for it.
So far, I'm… Continue
Added by Daniel on February 11, 2009 at 22:30 —
A day or so ago a climber lost his life climbing in australia cos the bolts on the climb just 'popped out'. sobering news.
Added by Daniel on February 4, 2009 at 21:05 —