Crazy winter

One day the mountains are covert in the deepest pow and two days later they are covered in ice. It is not always easy to find the best powder. But after 15 years of exploring, training, education and lots of experience, I love the challenge to make the best out of what the mountains have to offer. And this winter they offer us a lot. Nature is great! RESPECT THE NATURE.

 

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With Bas Elhorst as colleague guide and Pow Hunter Truck from ELOOA we traveled south to find the best powder. This bus has space for about 20 persons. Great photos made by Alex Papis (www.alexpapis.com).

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My line choice camp at 20 january was… deepest powder of the winter so far. We had nonstop untracked powder of best quality so there was not much time to check our lines 😉
For more Camps see ‘Camps’ above.

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web P1050762 KopieThis week I enjoyed the sunshine in Montafon with Marcel Loschin.

 

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what a freerider needs

What makes me love freeriding so much? It is cruising the endless untracked open powder fields, big powder sprays, steep and technical lines, silence and beauty at the top of a mountain, exploring new areas, and sharing the fun with friends and guests.
This winter I have had it all and the winter just started. You find me often in Montafon, because every area got its own specialty, let the photos show you what I mean. This is freeriding in Gargellen:

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After a little rest at the peak, Rotspitz, dropping in this couloir and powder fields

 

Short before dropping in two other super fun lines in Gargellen

 

Marcel Loschin likes airtime

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10 days of meditation

This month my girlfriend and I did a meditation course called Vipassana. In total silence we were only concentrated on ourselfs, 10 days, 10 hours a day. No phone or other distraction, men and women separated.

I hear you thinking: What is your motivation and goal of the meditation?
Well, the way I would explain it is that with Vipassana meditation you get rid of unconscious stored negative emotions. During the meditation you can feel that you get rid of them.
Another reason is that you expand your consciousness, not only during the meditation but also during everyday life. You become more aware of your social and anti-social behavior, you lose stress and anger which eventually leads to more happiness. These are for me some of the reasons why this meditation course is so enriching.

For some people it sounds extreme but I think there is nothing extreme about it. Of course it is a bit strange not to talk and sit the whole day. You need some perseverance; 130 persons out of 140 finished the 10 day course, with a big smile and a great experience for their life.

After my return I got rewarded with lots of deep powder.

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Tschaggunser Mittagspitze

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40 meters before we reached the top of the  Tschaggunser Mittagspitze we were standing before a steep wall of snow and rocks. In the middle of the wall a Capricorn was watching us for at least 5 minutes. We had no idea if we could reach the top and were it would be the easiest climb. Step by step we found our way, digging through the snow searching for grip. And in the end it was all worth it!

This was a perfect kick off tour of season 2017/2018. Winter has started yeaaaaaa 🙂

Tschaggunser Mittagspitze is in Montafon. Montafon is a 39 KM long valley with a few ski resorts, good freeride spots of the lift and lots of beautiful skitouring/splitboard possibilities for beginners and advanced freeriders. For more information contact me.

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Up Down

Bas and I went 5 days biking with Dennis Bruin from the Up Down magazine for promotion of our bikeschool MTB Tours and Trails. We ‘ve been riding the best trails and beautiful valleys in the ‘Alpenregion Bludenz’. From Muttersberg to Brandnertal and from Grosswalsertal to Klostertal.

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A nice climb from Marul in Grosswalsertal

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We slept at the Breithornhütte at 1760 meter above sea level.

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Beautiful morning light and the Rote Wand in the background.

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Short steep hikes

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Nice trails with the colors of automn

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http://www.mtbtoursandtrails.com

 

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Biking and Cabre Perdu

Since I returned to fitness after my accident in April, there are not many days where I haven’t been biking.
In June, I spent three weeks mountain biking in Tuscany, Italy. After the Tuscany trip I was at a photoshoot with a bike magazine in Bregenzerwald and Tirol, Austria, and a nice MTB & diving trip in Tessin, Switzerland. I made it on the cover of the Magazine Up Down, with a photo from Harm Spoelstra. In September I’m spending five weeks in Southwest France to explore more trails.

But most of the time I have been riding at home, where Bas Elhorst and I created our bike school, MTB Tours and Trails, www.mtbtousandtrails.com. We love to ride nearby Bludenz in Vorarlberg, which is exactly why we chose this place to be our base. Bludenz is perfectly situated in the middle of Vorarlberg, Austria. From Bludenz, we can drive to five different valleys that are full of great trails with uplift, to explore beautiful mountain landscapes and the Bikepark Brandnertal to improve airtime and downhill techniques.

CABRE PERDU

Now I am at Cabre Perdu, a little paradise in the south of France. I’m helping repair an old stone roof. About 20 years ago, my parents sold their house in the Netherlands and bought Cabre Perdu, a terrain with five ruins.

Cabre Perdu is a old Quercy farm which, as the name ‘Lost Goat’ indicates, is hidden in the midst of silence and nature, a magical place. www.cabreperdu.com This is work we completed over the past 15 years with stones and wood from our forest.

 

 

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f r e e r i d e

Long time no posts. I gues I’m to bussy freeriding 😉 This was the tour from yesterday:

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First hike up to the Omesspitze (400 vertical meters)

First descent into nobody land.

Second hike and climb to the peak (about 600 verticl meters)

Very long descent passing all snow conditions.

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Here I am at work, guiding Elooa Nitro camp. I love my job 😉

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Lots of airtime. Latest fotos I’ll show next time.

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Thanks for watching, and if you like it follow me.

 

 

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Touring in Austria and Norwegian

With a bit of a hike you find the most beautiful spots in the mountains. Almost or untracked best quality of powder and that after two weeks no snow fall. Private but also always more guests like to enjoy the silence and beauty of the mountains, even if you need to hike.

 

We only found mountains covered with powder, traces of rabbits and two other people hiking.

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And sometimes a good powder shot, Jeroen is killing it, spray into cliffjump.

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Friday we shooted riding this couloir (Jeroen en Irian), saterday this spray and nice full speed cliffjumps (Marcel Loschin)

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This is Norwegian, Jeroen likes this view. 23 till 30 April Jeroen Smallegange (Snowboard guide) and I organize a trip to Norwegian. There are still some places left so if you are interested let me know (i.vanhelfteren@gmail.com) and I’ll send you information.

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https://www.facebook.com/events/246178492477021/

 

 

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Would you call it art?

 

I like to make photos on moments where others don’t even know where to make a photo of. My both parents are artists, my father is photographer, maybe that is the reason why I alwys have this moments where I have to take my camera out of my pocket?  For me the whole freeriding is not just some adrenaline and fun with friends, for a lot of people it is but for me it is more. It’s a way of expression of your personality and a way to become part of the nature.

It is hard to say when you can call something art, let’s call it Arty Farty style 😉

ps. fun pow movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5C6X5SSeBE&t=35s

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Kreuzjoch and Gamsfreiheit

Everyday another tour. There is so match to explore, splitboarding/ skitouring is great. No more limits, there is always somewhere good untracked powder, nice ice waterfalls and great views.
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Cloudy days can be beautiful and special in the mountains.

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