Di Westaway

Di Westaway is the Chief Adventure Chick (CEO) and Founder of Wild Women On Top and Coastrek. She is a global leader and award-winning woman of influence who has inspired more than 25,000 people off the couch and into hiking adventures while raising over $20 million for charity and leading an adventurous life she loves.

She does work she loves with people she loves the way she loves and she’s keen to help families, friends and workers do the same.

When she’s not freaking us out by doing handstands on knife-edge summits, Di leads her team on a mission to connect, inspire and empower each other and our community.

She is passionate about motivating women to lead adventurous lives they love, creating pleasure, power and productivity from hiking adventures.

Di is an adventure coach, mother, motivational speaker, four-time Telstra Businesswoman of the Year nominee, 2016 AFR/Westpac 100 Woman of Influence, world-record holder and author of Natural Exhilaration and How to Prepare for World Class Treks.

She is also a columnist for Great Walks Magazine and has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Brisbane Times, The Canberra Times, HuffPost Australia, Mamamia, Essential Kids, The CEO Magazine Australia, The Hoopla, Thrive Global and AG Outdoor.

She has climbed many extreme altitude peaks and holds the record for the world’s highest handstand on Mt Ama Dablam, 6,982m, Nepal.

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What’s your role in the WWOT team? 

I am the luckiest duck becauseI get to be the Chief Adventure Chick (CEO) at Wild Women On Top. That means I lead the strategic planning for both business and adventure, which I love. I also lead our awesome team to help them be the best they can be at inspiring and empowering women to lead adventurous lives they love. 

What is your favourite thing about the WWOT community?

My favourite thing is seeing the smiles on the faces of women when they immerse themselves in nature’s challenges and discover that they are capable of far more than they ever imagined. That look of exhaustion combined with natural exhilaration that comes from overcoming fear and going wild. 

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

The top of my bucket list is to touch the lives of a million women to create a happier world through shared hiking adventures. I have bucket lists of bucket lists and live the dream by challenging myself with at least one super scary adventure and bunch of mini adventures every year. That’s what keeps me sane.  

Where will we find you on a Sunday morning?

I love Sunday mornings because I get to indulge in physical activity in nature. Most often you’ll find me dangling off a cliff, riding trails, sipping hot tea on a lookout or hiking hills with wonderful wild women at sunrise. 

What’s the wildest adventure you’ve ever been on?

My wildest adventure ever was doing the world’s highest handstand on Mt Ama Dablam 6,978m, in Nepal. It was by far the hardest and scariest. I only succeeded because I paid a porter to cart my gear, slept with the guide (he was my partner at the time), and got an sms from wild woman, Danae, on summit night that said “Toughen Up Princess”. Like all my wild adventures, it’s the team that matters.

What motto or mantra do you live by?

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

 

Groups

Trektrain
3 hour Trek Training around the Manly area, including Georges Heights, Collaroy and Forestville. Session includes interval training, endurance walks, core strength and stretching in beautiful wilderness areas.
Sunrise training is WILD! Join Wild Women On Top for a 90 mins, fast-paced, fun,interval Trek Training session in a beautiful location following by 30 mins of relaxing yoga by the sea.

Previous posts

Alpamayo gear
"OMG, what am I going to wear?" This is often one of the first questions we're asked by Wild Women when they sign up for their first adventure. What you wear when you go hiking is very personal, but there are a few hard-and-fast rules. Cotton is death. Try before you buy. Don't be lured by a sale. Don't shop online. Try it in training first. Wear in your boots. Yes, rules are made to be broken, and these ones sometimes can be. But below is a list of all your basic essentials as well as my top tips and tricks when it comes to hiking attire.
Wild Blue Labyrinth
Fifteen years ago, I would have been horrified at the thought of doing my ‘business’ anywhere other than a private, sparkling, white, porcelain bowl. Now, in the wilderness, I think nothing of dropping my pants wherever I happen to be standing and doing a wee when nature calls. But periods are a different story, and I’ve had my fair share of embarrassing ones.
Di Canada
Fearlessness comes from facing fear frequently. Whenever you feel sad, bad, or mad you have an opportunity to change your mind.
Di in Rwanda
Felicien has been blind for 27 years – since birth. The doctor tells us all his children will be blind but he doesn’t know it is his genes which are causing the problem. He has never sought treatment because he’s too frightened and the hospital is too far away. One day later Felicien and his children see for the first time ever.
Coastrek phone
We love our smart phones because they entertain us, solve problems fast, track children, connect with friends, reduce waiting rage, improve productivity and educate us… any time, anywhere. But they also give us an overdose of dopamine, which makes them addictive.
Di handstand curl curl
When we face our fears, we feel awesome. Fearlessness comes from facing fear frequently, and when we step outside our comfort zone, magic happens. If that scares you, read on.
Di Handstand Everest
Despite what some people might think, I don’t sign up for big, hairy, audacious adventures because I like pain and suffering. In fact, my decision to take on adventure challenges is actually about avoiding it.
Coaches Fraser
I always start my day with exercise. Honestly, I love it. But then, as the day goes on, stuck in my office staring at a computer screen all day long, I often feel like a caged lioness.
Freezing Pose!
A glass of red, your latest book club novel and a snuggle up on the couch with a hot man, OR an adventure walk in the wind and rain with the girls? Which would you prefer on a cold winter’s night?
What is the best way to build muscle and burn fat fast? Di Westaway breaks it down.

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