Please allow me to introduce myself, my name is Didier. I was born in the french region of Switzerland, my parents, sister and I immigrated here when I was 6 years old.
I grew up in Rockingham and from a young age, I wanted to be outdoors, building cubby houses in the bush and riding my bike long distances, as far as Jarrahdale 36km. Though I don’t remember finding it far, I just did it. I’d carry a backpack and camp in Gooralong Brook. I’d then go hiking along the Serpentine River which is the very popular Kittys Gorge Trail.
In my early 20’s I completed a Cert IV in Residential And Community Care With Children. I have had the privilege and pleasure to work with children, teens and adults from different backgrounds. Including 15 years of mentoring within the recreation, training, disabilities, mental health sectors.
In 2015 my 21-year marriage ended and quite unexpectedly hiking again became a passion and my therapy. I was working in a mentoring role within disability employment services, a job I had loved for 7 years. I began hiking every weekend mainly around Dwellingup.
That October I made the decision to do something totally out of my comfort zone, it couldn’t be more out. I decided to begin a solo hike in April 2016 of Western Australia’s great 1000km (620 miles) Bibbulmun Track.
My 68-day adventure changed my life in so many ways. In March 2017 I made the decision to officially kick off Didier Walks and was accepted in the NEIS “New Enterprise Incentive Scheme” a 12-month federal government program to assist small business start-ups.
In June 2017 Didier Walks commenced while establishing the first business I’ve had part-time jobs at Adventure World, Woolworths where I still work and I have also returned to mentoring in disability employment three days a week.
I am currently going through an “RPL” Recognition Of Prior Learning process to achieve a Cert III in Outdoor Recreation.
Other passions I have are enjoying Perth’s live music scene, cooking, I’m vegetarian. I like to ride my bike and local walks, I recently joined a gym for the first time in my life to keep fit in between hikes.
Hello! Coming from Colorado, hiking has always been a part of my life. Being in nature resets my mind and hiking reminds me that the best things in life aren’t expensive; they’re on the track!
Meeting new people while hiking always teaches me something that I can bring home, and having time to myself while hiking helps me become more confident.
I was lucky enough to meet Didier when I moved to WA, and have enjoyed hiking with him and his amazing hikers ever since.
Sheldon (Sly Fox)
The first time I went hiking on the Bibbulmun was three years ago when I was twelve, and since then I have done around 500km with Didier. In September 2020 I completed the challenging 135 km Cape To Cape hiking trail.
There are many reasons why I continue to hike, such as the fun of camping at the huts, and the adventures you have on the tracks between them.
I really enjoy the feeling of freedom being in the Australian bush far away from home, as you have the ability to experience things you wouldn’t usually, for example when I got the opportunity to come along and help supervise a group of 10 year old boys on a hike, which was a great and fun way to get to know them.
Hi, my name is Kaitlyn I am 17 yrs old and I am passionate about graphic arts, digital media and photography.
This is how I have been helping my dad start Didier Walks. I designed the Didier Walks logo and the one-minute video compilation of his time hiking on the front page.
I have also been contracted by a hiking podcast and to design their logo which I’m very proud of.
I now design and sell my own fonts. I designed the Didier Walks logo, It represents the hills he climbed, the dirt he walked on, the sky he hiked under and the southern ocean he reached during my 2016 Bibbulmun Track end-to-end.