The Outdoor Empathy blog shares thoughts on wilderness travelling. It contains reports on mountain hikes, kayak adventures, wave kitesurfing, and other outdoor journeys in several countries. You will find landscape photos, usefull thoughts on camping equipment and food, and gear I have made myself such as a waterproof backpack and an ultralight four - season tent.

You may also be interested in the coverage of a two - month expedition into Siberia in 2010. In 2010 I will undertake another expedition, now to the Russian far east. For more information go to my new website:

zondag 3 juli 2011

A new website is in the air!

Recently I have been building a (new) website that should gradually replace this blog. So from now all the updates, reports, pictures and video's will be posted at:

donderdag 2 juni 2011

From Zwartsluis to Wolvega by kayak

In the weekend of 14 en 15 May I have made a kayak trip of one hundred kilometers, from Zwartsluis in the province of Overijssel, to Wolvega in Friesland. See the video at:

vrijdag 29 april 2011

From Leiden to Amsterdam by kayak

In the weekend of 15 to 17 april I made a kayak tour from Wijde Aa (near the city of Leiden) to Amsterdam. See the video at

donderdag 31 maart 2011

Snowboarding movie St. Anton

Last sunday evening we (Simme and I) arrived from a snowboarding weekend to Austria. Tobias, Jasper and Jeroen had been leaving earlier that day. See the video at:

woensdag 23 maart 2011

Just finished the YK3!

Last weekend I went into the dunes near Haarlem to try out my new home made tent, the YK3. Some details still need attention, but all in all I am quite satisfied with the result. The tent can be used for two persons and weighs 1400 grams. For more pictures see the 'home made gear' section. 

zondag 20 maart 2011

Mountainbike video

You will find a new HD video at youtube, shot during a mountainbike trip near Schoorl, the Netherlands. I used to live there about 15 years ago. A few years later the 'mountainbike route' was official but I never tried it. So this is the first time, although I was familiar with many parts of the route.
Part 1
part 2

zaterdag 12 maart 2011

Kitesurfing at the Dutch coast

I just youtubed some fresh footage of a downwind kitesurfing trip from Zandvoort to Bloemendaal! Ok ok, not so radical for big swell minded surfers, but I smell great opportunities...
Part 1
Part 2