many passions, mine started very early and silently in life and especially
very unnoticed. Growing up in the down town area of a medium sized town, Den
Bosch in the Netherlands, my parents took me as often as possible to the
forests area. Later on in my youth being a good catholic boyscout I discovered
when undertaking these trips they were becoming more and more like little
Going through high school these little adventures disappeared completely and nature was something only seen when there were trips organized by school. When pursuing a career as a lab technician at the University Medical Center (UMC) in Utrecht for some, fortunately short period, there were no adventures in nature at all.
In the early 1980’s I noticed a small article in a local paper advertising for a survival course in the Belgian Ardennes. In the company of several friends I joined this course and soon discovered several things. Surviving nature in the sense of SEAL training by ex paratroopers being a civilian is only pretentious humbug to impress colleagues on boring office parties and has nothing to do with my idea of experiencing and respecting nature (being a part of it myself). On the other hand I found nature itself greeted me like a dear old long forgotten friend. With this experience I rediscovered the pleasure of hiking trips into the forests and especially into the mountains.
Since then I
undertook numerous trips in different parts of the world but mainly in Europe
with continuously changing groups. Looking back especially in the beginning
period surprisingly the initiative was always mine. Every few months I had
the urge to go back to the forests and find my peace sleeping under the stars.
All day with nothing more on my mind than to enjoy the country and nothing
more to worry about than a place to sleep, clear drinking water and something
Over the years we grew into a selected group of 8 male friends who all share a hectic and demanding career and the need to undertake these hiking trips in each others company, always on the look for new experiences and challenges. Enjoying nature and expecting not much more than silence and beauty in the company of good friends. This brought us into different parts of the world as you can witness in the list of expeditions on our website.
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