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PULLKA pioneer: Diederik Veerman

From Zeeland to the dunes of The Hague
PULLKA pioneer: Diederik Veerman
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Over the past years, I have grown to love the area around the Westduinpark and Zuiderstrand around the corner from my home in The Hague. In recent years, I have done a lot of running in the nature reserve and have got to know it like the back of my hand.

Born and raised in the most southern part of the Dutch province of Zeeland, the dunes of The Hague feel like coming home. Every season creates a new atmosphere, the bear rugged winter landscape is completely different to the rich and warm summer months, whereas the colours in spring and autumn are unique in their own right. It is in this hilly area that spans 245 hectares that PULLKA has taken shape.

Physical experience

  • With 15 years of experience as a spinning instructor I have always strived to inspire people with different levels of fitness to be satisfied at the end of each class. I aspire to do this during PULLKA sessions in the great outdoors.
  • In my youth, I played sports almost every day: athletics, tennis, judo, and cycling. I was good at each sport but was never outstanding. As a cyclist, I trained often and all over Europe, which opened my eyes to beautiful places. Cycling was tough but also taught me to enjoy being outside.
  • In recent years, I have been hiking and exploring Sapmi (Northern Scandinavia) by foot with my brother and his family in law. Being outside in the vast rugged and beautiful landscape of Sapmi is a phenomenal experience, and I look forward to sharing this type of experience with you in a beautiful area closer to home.
PULLKA pioneer: Diederik Veerman
Photo Cunera Buijs

Theoretically relevant knowledge

  • Specialized in Artic Studies at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
  • Curated an exhibition that focused on the polar regions (muZEEum, Vlissingen)
  • Wrote and edited Tegenpolen: a book about the polar regions.
  • Currently the curator of Arctic cultures at the Museon, The Hague
  • Fieldwork in Diilerilaaq, East Greenland. Working with local inhabitants for the Roots 2 Share Greenland project.
  • Organisational assistant and scientific member of Missie SILA (West Greenland). Missie Sila was an initiative of my dear friends Philip de Roo and Marc Cornelissen. Our King Willem Alexander and professor Robbert Dijkgraaf where amongst the expedition members.
PULLKA pioneer: Diederik Veerman
Photo Michel Schuurman
PULLKA pioneer: Diederik Veerman
Photo Michel Schuurman
PULLKA pioneer: Diederik Veerman
Photo Adam Lyberth
PULLKA pioneer: Diederik Veerman
Photo Adam Lyberth