Janneke Vissers, originally from the Netherlands, moved two years ago to North Vancouver to have a life with more nature, space and most important of all: mountains. Having the summer off this year, waiting for her visa to be approved, created a perfect situation to spend some time hiking and discover Canada’s most beautiful mountains.
The Great Divide
Show: Into The Wild
Tuesday February 13th, RIO Theatre
The Great Divide Trail, GDT, traverses the continental divide between Alberta and British Columbia, wandering through the vast wilderness of the Canadian Rocky Mountains for more than 1100 kilometres. It is one of the most spectacular and challenging long‐distance trails on the planet.
The Great Divide Trail is not officially signed and not always even an actual trail, sometimes merely a wilderness route. This is exactly what appealed to Janneke to do this hike; the remoteness and having to navigate yourself, a metaphor for life where you also need to find your own way.
Hiking the first 600 kilometres by herself – while struggling with a heavy backpack, being hungry and injuring her ankle – resulted in a gain of confidence, being so comfortable alone in the mountains and made this trip not only an amazing and beautiful experience but also a journey for the soul.
This show is for everybody who wants to know more about the GDT and who is curious about the true wilderness of the Rocky Mountains. It is also a story about following dreams, getting back on your feet and the beauty of the Rocky Mountains.
Show: Trip Planning Workshop
Saturday February 17th, Centennial Theatre, 3pm
Are you thinking about doing a long(er) distance hike yourself? And do you want to know how to prepare for such a trip? On Saturday, February 17th, in Centennial Theatre, Janneke will provide a workshop for everybody who wants to know more about trip planning. Subjects like preparation, navigation, gear and food will be discussed. What was working great, and what was really not working…
You’ll get the chance to learn from someone who found out most things mostly from experience – and of course with help from others. In an intimate setting, with enough time to ask all the questions you have, you can informed and inspired to not only think about going for a longer trip, but also doing it!