Coach Maryanne's Top Hiking Tip Is One We All Need To Remember
By the Wild Women Team
Our beloved Trek Training coach Maryanne Spiers ticks all the boxes for being a kick-arse Wild Woman. She has a burning passion for challenge and the great outdoors. She's a mother of two boys, who have now crossed the border into adulthood. She gives back to the community regularly, volunteering as a surf lifesaver at her local Bilgola Beach.
What you may not know about Maryanne is she works tirelessly behind the scenes at Wild Women, helping bring together the magical trips and training we release every season. She is also one of our awesome Trek Training coaches, leading the pack of passionate South-Easties on Thursday afternoons and Sunday mornings. She's also leading a super special Wild World trip to Mount Olympus and Crete in September (everyone in the office has some serious FOMO).
If all that isn't enough, she's doing it all while recovering from a major surgery, and she's still got a bright smile on her face!
Maryanne shares what adventures are sitting at the top of her bucket list and reveals her top hiking tip, which is one we ALL need to remember.
Q: What do you love most about being a Wild Woman?
A: What I love most is meeting such an accepting and diverse bunch of amazing women who share common interests and goals. We share a passion for trekking, adventure, fun and taking on more inspiring challenges.
Q: What’s the best hike you’ve ever done and what made it so epic?
A: The most memorable would be a hike close to home, a winter adventure up Mt Kosciuszko and the Blue Lakes with my brother many years ago.
We hiked with skis equipped with skins, to allow us to walk with them uphill, all the way up to the summit. We then went across to Mount Townsend and the Blue Lakes, skiing untracked snow drifts and chutes along the way.
Our trouble with our snow tents topped off the experience. They were supposed to be waterproof, but weren’t! We spent a cold and miserable night trying to stay warm and dry. Luckily, out little burner worked and we were able to have a hot cup of coffee in the morning.
Q: Which hiking destination is at the top of your bucket list and why?
A: I’ve always wanted to climb the Seven Summits. It’s a challenge that gets me excited about staying fit and healthy.
Q: What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you on a hike?
A: I’m notorious for not ducking low enough to miss overhanging branches or trees! I’ve had lots of bumps in the head!
Q: What’s the best hiking advice you’ve ever been given?
A: Checklists, checklists, checklists! They're absolutely key. And wear the right shoes and socks!