Coach Wanda Tells Us Her Must-Have Hiking Equipment

By Sophia Hatzis | Digital Content Producer 

I haven't worked at Wild Women for very long. In fact, it's been six months almost to the day. But in those short six months, I've met some truly incredible women. I love that my job involves interviewing and meeting women who just radiate kindness, passion, and confidence. Women who've had their lives completely transformed through the Wild Women community. Ladies of all ages and stages who can best be described as sunshine.

Trek Training coach Wanda Nicholson is one of those women. Wanda is positive energy in human form and she truly believes in, and loves, what she does. As our Wild Woman of the week, Wanda shares her wisdom, including which two pieces of hiking equipment she's loving right now.

What do you love most about being a Wild Woman?

I love the fact that I’m around supportive women and that I’m helping them in their journeys through life.

What is the best hike you’ve done and what made it so epic?

The best hike is always the last one I’ve done. I don’t know why but it just seems to be the most focused in my mind.

Looking back on some, you think, “Yeah, they’re great.” But I think it’s the last one you’ve just experienced, because they’re always different in different ways. In saying that, I think my first trek with Wild Women was fantastic. I still remember it because I was with a group of women... I wasn’t with strangers. It was just so much fun. That was (Everest Base Camp) Tibet. I still remember that one quite vividly.

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What hiking destination is at the top of your bucket list?

Ethiopia at the birth of the Nile. You travel up to see where the actual Nile starts. It’s the scenery and the people. I just love Africa. It’s an amazing place. The people, the culture, the mountains. Apparently, it’s one of the most beautiful trips you can do.

What’s your top hiking tip?

My top hiking tip would be not to rush and enjoy every step, because you never know when you’ll go there again. You’ll never walk in those footsteps again.

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What’s your favourite piece of hiking gear at the moment?

My favourite piece of hiking gear at the moment is my backpack because it’s super light and comfortable. It’s an Ultratlite one from America, it only weighs 0.95kg. I also like my trekking umbrella. It’s a Montbell umbrella. It’s so big and it’s so light, I love it.

Who inspires you most?

I’d have to say Di Westaway. Because she follows her dreams. She’s doing exactly what she wanted to do. 

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