A human powered adventure

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  • July 13, 2013 The big start of a crazy adventure!

    I left Belgium with my bicycle, climbing and camping gear for a crazy project:  The Secutec Seven Summits, a human powered adventure. I want to climb the highest peak on every continent and go there by human power only. I left to cycle 3800 km to Mt Elbrus , Europe’s highest peak and climb it.

  • 13/07 - 21/08/2013 Europe route map

    3800 km cycled

  • August 21, 2013 Arrival at Europe’s highest peak

    After cycling 3800 km from Belgium to Terskol I arrived at the base of Mount Elbrus, the highest peak of Europe. I searched for a hotel, parked my bike and started climbing Mt Elbrus all by myself…

  • August 26, 2013 Summit of Mount Elbrus

    After parking my bike it was time to climb this mountain. With 5642 m definitely not one to be underestimated. Luckily I was prepared an climbed to the summit and back in 4 days, all by myself.

  • August 27, 2013 Cycling to Nepal

    Immediately after the summit I descended down and continued cycling to Nepal. Which took me 10.000km through 2 deserts and the Tibetan plateau in winter. 4 months later I arrived in Nepal where I worked as a physiotherapist and prepared for the climb of Mount Everest.

  • 27/08 - 18/12/2013 Asia route map

    +10.000 km cycled

  • December 18, 2013 Arrival in Nepal

    After 10.000km of cycling in almost 4 months I arrive in Kathmandu with a big welcome at the Shangrilahome. There I worked as a physiotherapist and prepared for the climb of Mt Everest.

  • April 18, 2014 Everest Attempt nr 1

    After cycling and trekking into Everest base camp a huge tragedy occured. On the 18th of April, a huge serac fell down, taking the lives of 16 Sherpa… RIP . After this accident I returned home to prepare for the next year.

  • April 25, 2015 Everest attempt nr 2

    The next year I came back to Everest, better prepared and ready to climb. Then a huge earthquake occured in Nepal, killing more than 9000 people. This almost costed me my own life when an avalanche hit basecamp. This avalanche killed 19 people and injured many climbers.

  • May 13, 2016 Everest Summit

    At least I wanted to see how far I could go on this mountain so I returned to Nepal a 3rd time. I cycled and walked to Everest Base Camp again. This time no accidents occured, I was extremely well prepared and without too many problems I  was on the highest mountain on earth!

  • October 7, 2016 Cycling from Kathmandu to Indonesia

    After the summit of Everest I cycled to Indonesia with my friend Benjamin. Around 9.000 km we cycled together through Nepal, India, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

  • May 19, 2017 Rowing to Papua

    This took me a huge amount of physical and mental energy. The preparation was immense and so was the effort. A total of 6 months of rowing (+4000km, not including the breaks) brought me to Papua. Becoming the first person ever to row from Java to Papua.

  • November 27, 2018 Arrival in Papua

    After +4000 km or rowing we arrived in Papua. A great effort and there it was another 1500km of cycling through the Papuan jungle.

  • 07/11/2016 - 01/01/2019 Oceania route map

    10.000 km cycled, +4000 km rowed

  • January 1, 2019 Summit of Carstensz Pyramid

    It took me 2,5 years to finally arrive human powered to this mountain and climb it! A great achievement and the hardest approach so far.

  • July 16, 2019 Start to Kilimanjaro

    Start to handbike to Kilimanjaro with Frank Van Linden to Gibraltar, cross the strait of Gibraltar by kayak and cycle another 16.000km to Kilimanjaro. In April 2020 I got stopped because of closed borders due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • April 2, 2020 Arrival in Congo, borders closed, forced return due to Covid-19

    After 14.000km of cycling and kayaking through Europe and Africa I had to come back to Belgium due to the pandemic.

  • 16/06/2019 - 02/04/2020 Africa Route

    14.000km done of the projected 20.000km

  • January 3, 2021 Start to cycle to Portugal and human powered to Denali!

    From Portugal I’m embarking with Koen and Gijs on the Front Row to cross to Miami. A crossing of the North Atlantic ocean.

  • February 25, 2021 Rowed to Tenerife

    On the 25th of February Koen, Gijs and I departed from Portimao by rowboat to Miami. Because of a terrible sea sickness we were forced to stop in Tenerife, after 1300km of rowing.

  • 15/06/2021 - 22/09/2021 Plan B to Africa

    In June 2021 the borders in Africa seemed to open up again so I could continue cycling to Tanzania. Angola was still closed so I decided, after some research, to cross the DRC by bicycle. A journey that is not to be taken lightly, but definitely worth every effort! Read more about it in the... View Article