About Wild Women On Top
Wild Women On Top transform lives by creating life changing adventures that get women walking in nature.
Wild Women On Top transforms lives by creating life changing adventures that get women walking in nature.
We inspire women and get them fit for wild adventures in more than 20 stunning, remote and cultural destinations each year, in teams. We provide wild workouts, wild adventures and Coastrek, 30-60km team trekking challenges, with expert support, to empower and guide women on the adventure of their dreams. We share adventure boldly and cultivate moments that take your breath away.
Becoming a Wild Woman Adventure Goddess means discovering a new you; a healthier you; a fitter you; a stronger you. You will explore a new world of life changing adventures that inspires you to make healthy choices at every turn.
Becoming a Wild Woman means getting up each day with purpose and joy. It means healthy daily habits; It means you have energy to sparkle.
This journey will take you to places you never would have imagined. We’ve unzipped our tents to sunrise over Mt Everest; slept on the lip of a crater; watched volcanos erupt; felt earthquakes tremble; walked through pristine, untouched wilderness; hugged trees thousands of years old; marvelled in awe at hanging glaciers and waterfalls of ice; laughed till it hurt in a little tent in a magnificent valley; danced in the moonlight and dived, naked, into remote sparkling clear, freshwater lakes after walking 25km, brimming with a sense of joy that cannot be put into words.
By embarking upon this adventure you will learn about your body and your mind, find a healthier you and connect with a community of wild, motivated and inspiring women in nature.
Become an Adventure Goddess and you will discover a life of true joy, health and lasting happiness.
What are you waiting for?
The History of Wild Women On Top
Wild Women On Top was founded in 2002 by Di Westaway, a former teacher, personal trainer, journalist and mum of three. As a beginner trekker and first time camper, Di inspired and trained a group of 15 baby boomer women to summit the highest freestanding mountain on the planet, the iconic volcano of Mt Kilimanjaro, 5,982m. She learned that extreme wilderness challenges require more physical fitness, mental and emotional tuffness, team work and toasty warm socks than she ever imagined.
She also found that positive thinking, preparation, wet wipes and zip lock bags make trekking a whole lot more fun, and that the lessons from a mountain trek can be used to manage traumatic bad hair days and worse, in our day-to-day lives.
She was inspired to help women prepare for trekking challenges, to teach them the lessons she learned the hard way. Plus, she loved getting out walking and talking with the school mums and dreaming of the adventures that would one day become a reality.
In 2007, trainer and Generation X businesswoman, Lisa Marshall discovered and loved Di’s vision and quickly jumped on board. She became a star coach and then Director of Wild Women On Top. Di and Lisa share a passion for women’s fitness in nature. They created Trek Training, a time efficient outdoor adventure workout, using endurance walking and interval training on rough bush tracks, stairs, hills and soft sand, with weighted back packs, trekking poles, body weight and natural features to provide resistance, to prepare body and mind for challenging treks.
They trained coaches with a system where every workout is a unique fun adventure experience in nature. They have inspired hundreds of women to transform their lives through setting and achieving extraordinary goals.
Their teams have trekked iconic locations around the world including Everest Base Camp, Mt Kilimanjaro, Machu Picchu, Bhutan, Patagonia, GR 20 Corsica, Mt Fansipan, Mt Kinabalu, Mt Elbrus, and the highest mountain the Southern Hemisphere, Mt Aconcagua.
Di and Lisa are also highly regarded endurance athletes. Di has climbed many of the world’s high peaks, including Mt Cook and Mt Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere. Di’s early goal of climbing the world’s highest peaks evolved into climbing the world’s most beautiful mountains, crystallised when she climbed and did the world’s highest handstand on the sacred Himalayan jewel of Mt Ama Dablam, nearly 7,000m high, in 2012.
Lisa’s Mt Kilimanjaro & Mt Meru climbs, her 100km Trailwalker trek in 17 hours, as well as winning the Sydney Urban Max Adventure Race, are her personal highlights.
In 2009, Di founded the Wild Women On Top Sydney Coastrek, 50-100km Team Challenge, proudly supporting The Fred Hollows Foundation. This event has inspired thousands of women and teams to get fit trekking the coast of Sydney and raised nearly $10 million for charity.
Wild Women On Top girls love the feeling that comes from being fit for adventure. They value team work: T.E.A.M. "Together Everyone Achieves More". And the benefits of Trek Training are incredible.
“Nothing is more empowering than taking a risk and succeeding. … Challenging nature on its own terms and succeeding brings exhilaration on a grand scale…. When you take on a great challenge and persevere, you discover that your abilities are more than you ever imagined. A life lived in this way is infinitely fulfilling.” Ken Kamler, Doctor on Everest.
Wild Women On Top lead healthy balanced lives, with time-out for daily exercise to rejuvenate so they are better able to nurture others. This community teaches women how to set and achieve Big Hairy Audacious goals, maintain youthful vitality, balance hormones and eat healthy gourmet food and dark chocolate in moderation.
If you’d like to journey to amazing remote places with like-minded women and live your dreams, we are the tribe for you.