• Iceland,  plog

    Iceland: Selfie Special

    Iceland Selfie Special This time I made a selfie special from all my trips to Iceland.  For those who don’t know the term selfie: A selfie is a self-portrait photo. My self-portraits are all taken with my handheld camera. Is the word selfie a real word? Yes it is, since Augustus this year the word selfie is officially a word which can be placed on the scrabble board according to regulations. IJsland Selfie Special Dit keer heb ik een leuke complitatie gemaakt met allerlei verschillende selfies van meerdere IJsland reizen. Voor degene onbekend met de term Selfie; Een selfie is een zelfportret gemaakt met een (compact) camera vanuit de hand…

  • Mountainous Monday,  Scotland,  We12climb,  We12hike

    Mountainous Monday: Ben Nevis

    Today another Mountainous Monday! This time the mountain on our list is the highest mountain in Great Britain, Ben Nevis. This ancient volcano lies in the middle of Scotland and is located about 100 miles or 160 km north of Glasgow. With an altitude of 1.344 meters above sea level, the summit of Ben Nevis is a perfect way to get a good view of the Scottish highlands. For this effort you will have to do with a bit of a crowd, because about 100,000 people attempt to climb the mountain every year. Ben Nevis is also the highest Munro of Scotland. A Munro top is a summit which is over 3,000…

  • Mountainous Monday,  Switzerland

    Mountainous Monday: The Matterhorn

    One of Switzerland most famous peaks is the Matterhorn. This iconic mountain is also called Monte Cervino (Italian name) or Mont Cervin (French name). With 4.478 meters, the Matterhorn is one of highest peaks in Switzerland and the Alps. The famous pyramid shaped peak gives the mountains his unique character and charisma. The Matterhorn is located in the Canton Wallis and it is a very famous tourist attraction for the town of Zermatt. To get a good view of the Matterhorn a visit to Zermatt is recommended, where you can use the Gornergrat Train to the Gornergrat station (nickname: the Matterhorn Railway) or the Klein Matterhorn cable car. The Klein Matterhorn brings you all the…

  • France,  Mission 4000,  We12climb

    Mission 4.000: summiting Mont Blanc

    The first blog in the Mission 4.000 series is about my first ever climb  above the altitude of 4.000 meter above sea level, the climb of the mighty Mont Blanc. It was my introduction to climbing in ice and snow, at the time I was only climbing a little bit at the local indoor climbing gym and walls in Germany and Belgium.  As many of you know the Mont Blanc is the highest mountain of Western Europe with an altitude of 4.810 meters.  It’s the highest peak of a massive granite mountain range on the border of France, Italy and Switzerland.  This area is very popular for climbers because those kind of granite nature walls can’t be found…