About


Hello and welcome to Roaming Wild Rosie! I’m Rosanne, a Dutch-born London based wilderness lover. I spent years working as a model and then went back to university to become an interior designer. I loved my life in London until, in 2016, I decided I needed a change. A drastic one. I quit my job and went to East Asia to travel.

Soon I was living the life that most people dream of. Until I realised that the constant travel from one tourist destination to the next wasn’t for me. Stressed out from travelling I did my first overnight hike in South Korea (which you can read all about here). I didn’t have any of the equipment or backcountry knowledge but I realised I loved to hike. I was blown away by the views. I travelled to Japan and did several more overnight hikes, where I slept on the floor of a mountain hut on top of a supermarket poncho and woke up to a mouse walking on top of me. I was hooked.

It wasn’t long until I was introduced to thru-hiking. Not just an overnight backpacking trip, but walking for weeks or months. I wrote all about my first foray into long distance hiking in a story for Glamour magazine, which you can read here! Despite the excruciating foot pain I suffered throughout my first trips, and my maddening fear of camping on my own, I soon embraced the freedom of walking and living in the wild. And that’s a good thing, because I always hike solo and love to make up my own long distance routes.

Don’t get me wrong, I love hiking established trails, like the 3000 km Te Araroa in New Zealand which I hiked in 2017/18. But I also love the adventure of choosing my own route, and really depending on myself. While I enjoy the comradery on trail, I don’t like to depend on other hikers, apps or trail angels. To me, the idea is to do it all myself. This is how I spent my first trip circumnavigating 1600 km around Tasmania, and how in 2017 I walked a 2500 km route covering most of Iceland, all alone.

Next year, I’m hiking the well-established Pacific Crest Trail in the US, and the year after I plan to walk the length of Norway. Beyond that, there are a myriad of trails and other routes I’m investigating. Walking through Central Asia, for example. The world is big and adventures are endless. So stick around – I plan to share all of my stories!

12 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello ! I’m a passioned hiker. I’m currently in Japan and about to go trough the country on foot. Thank for your blog about the Tokaido road, because there is not a lot of informations at the tourism office. This roads are like forgotten. I plan to do the second road linking Tokyo and Kyoto, Nakasendo, on the return. Thank to your advise, my trip should be safer now.

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  2. Hi, we are going to hike Hellismannnaleid at the end of June. Consider some wild camping if needed. Is some water on the route (there is a lot of dry lava fields?)? I understand there are some rivers, but are they frequent? Thank you in advance for advice!

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    1. Hi! I never had any worries about water in Iceland (apart from a dry stretch walking to Askja) as there are always enough small streams and rivers that you’ll pass. Hellismannaleid does go through a lot of lava fields but (although I can’t remember how frequent) there are enough rivers to top off on water. I use the Maps.me app which isn’t perfect for this purpose but it does at least show the bigger rivers you’ll pass. I never carried more than a few litres at a time, and there’s always water at the campsites – and the days hiking Hellismannaleid are quite short, so you won’t run into problems.
      Btw – I would bring a filter – Iceland’s water is very clean but there are sheep everywhere and they can easily contaminate the water…!

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  3. Hi Rosanne !
    Really impressed by your adventures. I am planning a trip to Tasmania (2,5 months walking alone) and I am really struggling to find information on trails, especially on long trails other than the few quite touristic and very organised trails such as overland track or south coast track. As I land in Hobart end September, I am not so confident in the weather and intend to start on the east and north-east coasts, which apparently are dryer. How did you find the information to plan your trip, in particular the trails, campsites and points where you can find food or water ?
    Thank you for your advice,
    Florent

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    1. That’s an amazing trip you’re planning!
      Okay, let me see if I can help. I agree you’re best off starting east and then you can go west towards then end of the trip, that’s what I did as well. The weather is still crazy out there though, so be prepared for everything!
      When I did my planning it was based on circling the island and staying close to the coast, so I mostly used the Maps.me app, which shows all the roads and hiking trails and then I’d just zoom in and see what I’d find. I’d google all the trails and find out more details on their conditions. You can also have a look at this page, which has quite a comprehensive list of lots of long hiking trails, and check out the ones in Tasmania : https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_long-distance_hiking_tracks_in_Australia
      For camping there’s an amazing app called WikiCamps Australia and it costs a little but it shows all the campsites, free and not free, and all the amenities they have. That will be most useful to you. When it comes to water I actually don’t remember ever worrying about it – there are always streams somewhere or towns where you can find taps, as long as you have a filter you will be fine! Food wise you’ll just have to make sure you hit a town now and again. And if you find yourself doing the Port Davey / South Coast Track though, you can send yourself a food package to the Maleleuca airstrip. You’d have to organise that in Hobart though, and take it to the plane company.
      I hope that helps a little? Let me know if you have more questions you think I can help with. Good luck planning! I’ll be curious to know how your trip goes ☺️

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    1. Hi! Hope you’re enjoying the stories 😊! I take all my own pictures… I have a little tripod and try to attach it to all sorts of things so I can take candid pictures along the trail…!

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  4. Thanks for the list, it helps me a lot for giving a view of your gears as well as the weight. I don’t see the cooking system? Did I miss it?

    Your gears is really good in both weight and specs. It gives me explanations why you can get 7.5 kg base weight. I’ll try to replace or modified my gears to achieve lighter weight. I have a few UL gears too but not so many, I use UL down jacket from Uniqlo as well as Marmot Precip for windbreaker/rain jacket, etc. But most of other of my gears is still quite heavy. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I’m happy that helped! Selecting the right gear by weight and volume is key, but I understand it gets tricky when you already own gear that’s quite heavy, and buying new stuff gets expensive!
      You didn’t miss the cooking system – I backpack stoveless so it’s just couscous and ziplock bags for me 😉 You can get very light stoves though, I just don’t want to have to worry about the gas canisters and dealing with the extra space it takes up!

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  5. I read about your journey through IG and find your website.

    I’m curious of your gears, may I ask you what gears do you usually bring on your hiking.

    I’m actually a newbie on hiking. Last week I hiked for 3 hours for preparation for the real hiking in next month. I brought my Atmos 65 AG, a dslr and mini tripod as well as other usual hiking gears with total 17kg. It was killing me, it’s maybe too heavy for my age, I’m man, 42yo. Now I’m trying to reduce ally stuffs, some are replaced with lightweight stuffs and some are removed from list.

    Can you share your experience?

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    1. Hi Don!
      I definitely need to do a proper gear list post (or several, actually, for the different trips) but for now I can share my lighterpack gear list with you:
      https://lighterpack.com/r/dtpe3y
      This is my gear for Iceland, so you will see that my clothes include rather heavy options, and my tent is a heavier 4 season shelter to deal with the extreme weather conditions. Still, other than that it’s quite similar to my normal gear and I personally think it’s quite a realistic list: I have quite a few luxuries and while I maintain a very decent lightweight pack, it is by no means ultralightweight and out of reach for newbies. 😄
      Perhaps have a look at it and see how it compares to your gear – let me know if you have any specific questions!!

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