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


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.


Short steep hikes

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Nice trails with the colors of automn

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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.


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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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.


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


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


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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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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Recover after avalanche


Some of you will already know. 26 November a group of 10 persons inclusive me were hiking in Obergurgl. We were hiking in Verwalltal in 20 degrees terrain, then 800 meter above us an avalanche came down and 4 of us inclusive me were taken by the avalanche. (Maybe I will write later more about details). My friend and college Bas Elhorst saved my life. I broke 5 ribs, shoulder blade, a few spine lateral protrusions and one lung was empty, I had 28 degrees.


After two weeks in the hospital I could go home. Now I’m almost healthy as I use to be, here some photos from my first days back in the mountain.


Yesterday I had a great day with Jeroen Smallenlange. We hiked to the top of Misthaufen, a wonderfull tour! We were 7,5 hours in a the wild terrain of Wilden Gardental full of rocky terrain and frozen waterfalls.   web-dscn2787-kopie

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Just on time back in the vally


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I went with two friends on Blüemlisalp 3661 meter. For us a chalanging mountain, because we need to traverse a glacier with many crevasses, then climb a 200 vertical meter ice wall and finaly climb a 500 vertical meter ridge.

We start hiking around 1200h. The white top in the middle is our goal, it seems unreachable from here.


We pass by majestic glaciers.


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We can see a part of our hike. (red line). The icewall you see is 200 vertical meters, we wundering how the ice is. We know that the normal time for this tour from the hut till the top and back is about 9 hours.

At 4:30h. we started hiking. The first part we have fiend our way in between crevasses in the dark. Then we start climbing the ice and the sky get red above our head.




We are on the ridge, the last 500 meters rock and ice.


The way back down is much harder on this mountain, but with an amazing amazing view.



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We were surprised about how we found our way through the crevasses in the dark, we had to jump over a few of them. Good that we didn’t saw how deep they were in the dark.

Thanks to Mountain Hard Wear.


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Long time no blog posts.

Therefore not match text but some great pictures of some of my adventures. ENJOY!

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Bike school

Sport climbing, Alpine climbing, Down-hill in bikeparks, and enduro mountain biken with over 1400 vertical meters. I love living in the mountains.

Bas Elhorst and I want to share our passion, we started an MTB school: http://www.mtbtoursandtrails.com/

Please check and like our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mtbtoursandtrails/

Here some photos from the last week.

Bike tour with Bas Elhorst and Christian Schnabel. More pics and story: http://mtbtoursandtrails.com/schnifis-mountainbike-paradise/

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Saterday,’Löwenzähne Überschreitung‘ alpine climbing. At 1360 meter, 5 ropes long.


Sunday I trained technique and air & style in Bikepark Brandnertal. After half a day bikepark I biked up to Kampera Sättele 1700 m. to ride a 10 KM trail with 1400 vertical meters, super trail and amazing view. Foto Mike Marte, rider unknow.

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