Age Doesn't Have To Define Your Fitness Or Your Friendships
By the Wild Women On Top team
Amanda Kidd has made some of her best friends on the trail with Wild Women. She is inspired by the women around her - who laugh, and jump, and climb, and leap out of their comfort zone. Whether they're mothers or grandmothers, aged under 30 or over 60, our Wild Women have something in common. They share a love for adventure and walking in nature.
Amanda proves age really is just a number, especially when it comes to fitness and friendship.
You are one of our youngest Trek Training members! What do you love about being a Wild Woman?
There are so many things I love about being a Wild Woman. My favourite part is the social aspect. I have met some of my best friends through Wild Women! I absolutely love being part of a community of like-minded women who not only inspire, encourage and support me to reach my adventure, fitness and life goals, but who know how to laugh, have fun, and be crazy. They truly care about me and my overall wellbeing. I equally love that I get to be a part of many of their individual journeys - achieving their own goals and conquering their fears. I love seeing their growth in courage, determination, and physical and mental strength each week at Trek Training.
I am grateful to have such an awesome community of great role models who show me how I can live a happy, healthy, physically active and adventurous life at every age and stage. I’m super excited to become a sexagenarian now!
What's the best hike you've ever done and what made it so epic?
I would have to say the South Coast Track in Tasmania is my favourite hike, because it marks a significant time in my life. It was the reason I joined Wild Women and it was my first multi-day full pack hike. I trained really hard for it and I was able to see what my mind, body and soul was capable of. The actual hike itself was awesome. The people I walked with were such fun and the scenery was magical. Completing it has opened a whole new can of adventure worms for me.
Which hiking destination is at the top of your bucket list and why?
The downside of being a Wild Woman is hearing about all the amazing hiking destinations out there. My bucket list is rapidly growing. If I had to choose one though, I'd have to say the Inca Trail in Peru to see Machu Picchu. I've wanted to do this trip since I was 17. I've been told that the Cordillera Huayhuash Trek, also in Peru, is pretty spectacular. I would probably try to combine them in one big trip.
What's the best hiking advice you've ever been given?
I've been fortunate to have been given excellent hiking advice since joining Wild Women. I would have to say a commitment to training and being over-prepared for a trip has been the most valuable advice. It means you can enjoy yourself, take in the scenery, and make more time for photo opportunities and delicious snacks. Another important piece of advice is to hike with good friends. They always make your hiking adventures more fun, more wild and more memorable!
What’s one piece of hiking gear you can’t live without?
I get slack from my younger friends about this, but I'm always grateful for my hiking poles, particularly on pack hikes. Apart from their obvious role as a spider defence stick, I particularly like using them because they help the circulation in my arms. They also assist in keeping a good, consistent hiking rhythm. They're good for toning the arms too, which is a bonus workout!
Are you ready to experience the magic of Trek Training? Join us on the trail, get fit and make friends - just like Amanda did. Sign up now!