Rosanne Van Wijk

AKA - "Cosmo the Super Alien"

  • From London, UK
  • Job: Interior Architect
  • Experience: PCT, Te Araroa, Tokaido, my own long distance routes circumnavigating Iceland and Tasmania
  • Website: https://roamingwildrosie.com

Biography

Age: 37
Previous Thru-hikes: PCT, Te Araroa, Tokaido, my own long distance routes circumnavigating Iceland and Tasmania.

What are some of your hobbies?
Writing, taking pictures.

So why are you doing the Great Western Loop?
Because it’s impossible to turn down an opportunity like this! 

What do you think will get you to the end?
If I decide to go for something, I make it happen.

What do you want to be remembered for?
Out of billions of people on earth I really don’t need to be remembered for anything – but while I’m alive, and hiking, I do enjoy being able to inspire others to get out there and go on these adventures that may appear quite impossible to an outsider.

How would your parents describe you?
Probably quite independent, determined. Of course endlessly lovely and sweet as well.

What’s your luxury item?
Healthy food and clothes to keep me warm as I don’t deal with the cold well. Um, flipflops and wet wipes as I like to stay clean.

Who is the person you look up to the most and why?
There’s no one I look up to, everyone has different qualities, and even those qualities you look up to may come from insecurities or masks, so I try and look beyond that. 

Three words to describe yourself?
Sarcastic, independent, creative. 

Describe your perfect day on trail?
Nicely graded trail with great views so I can take beautiful pictures and not struggle to ‘make miles’. 

What would be the reason for you NOT to finish? 
Injury.