My name is Lianne Dijkhuizen, I am 27 years old, living in the Netherlands. For years I invested most of my time, energy and money in my study to become a medical doctor. After concentrating on research in the field of forensic medicine for the last two years, I am finally ready to wrap up my masters degree and graduate as a medical doctor.
My other passion besides medicine is skydiving. I have been active in this sport since 2009. I love making formations and learning other people to skydive. For the last 4 years I have competed in national and international tournaments with my four-way formation team and dear friends; Bad Habits. Jumping mostly in Rotterdam, I have also enjoyed jumping in Spain, France, Belgium, Italy and flying through the mountains in Switzerland.
Like my studies in Medicine and skydiving, life is a big adventure! And now one adventure comes to a close, I’ve started dreaming of a new adventure…
Thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail solo in 2017.
The Pacific Crest Trail is one of the three largest scenic trails in the United States. 2663 miles of pure nature. From Mexico to Canada. The goal is to complete what’s called a “Thru hike”. It means to walk the entire trail in one go, opposed to doing it in sections, while carrying all basic needs on your back.
Every year around 1300 people set out to conquer this trail. Only around 10% ever will… It has been a long time since someone from the Netherlands has completed the trail.
Lots of people ask me “why on earth” do I want to spend 6 months walking over 2600 miles ALONE, while they have invented an airplane that can do the same in just one day… My answer; It’s not about getting from point A to point B. It’s about just being. It’s about enjoying nature in its purest form. It’s about building character. It’s an adventure!
The plan is to start end of March to mid April 2017 in the desert on the Mexican border and finish around the end of September in Canada, before the snow sets in.
On the trail I will regularly update everyone about my experiences, the beauty and hardships on the trail. I will upload video’s and pictures. My friend is creating a special mobile application to make it possible for everyone to track my progress on the trail by GPS in real-time.
One year… A trip like this takes a lot of preparation. From permits to maps, from gear to resupply strategies. Lots and lots of work to do!
Follow my preparations on my blog and please drop me a message!