"I had never ever felt brave in my life..."
By Samantha Page | Marketing Assistant Wild Women On Top
How long have you been a member of Wild Women on Top? What was it that motivated you to join us?
I have been with WWOT since 2009. A friend asked me to come along with her as I was doing the Milford Trek (my first adventure in nature!). We had seen an advertisement in the Manly Daily and thought why not!
Tell us a bit about yourself (e.g. Are you mother/career climber, what you love/dislike?
I have been married 32 years and am a mum of two – Michael 26 and Chloe 23. I have my own small bookkeeping practice which keeps me busy and connected to the business world. Prior to that, I was the Financial Controller of a large landscaping company – and in my previous life (before children) I was the PA to the Managing Director of a merchant bank. I love cooking and I love being surrounded by nature – that is originally what I loved most about WWOT – adventuring out into nature in the dark. I would love to be able to be fearless but I don’t think that is ever going to happen. I love pushing myself – in an uncoordinated, knock knee’d sort of way. I absolutely adore, love and cherish my family and friends, I love life and I love that my body still works so well that I can (try) to do all the things WWOT makes me do!
What is your favourite Trek Training memory/story?
Depends on who is telling it really! …. and how long have you got! Sitting in Wanda’s tiny bivvy with five other girls one trek training night in the pouring rain drinking hot chocolate was definitely memorable! Another standout memory I think would have to be any adventure on North Head. The first time Di took us over to Old Man Hat in the dark, I felt quite daunted as I had never dreamt of being able to climb down to sea level and up the other side. I had just never realised such a beautiful place existed so close to my home. To find the rock carvings, to have supper under the stars with that beautiful 360-degree view, and then to see all the twinkling head torches climbing back down would have to be one of the most breathtaking moments I have experienced.
Do you believe WWOT empowers women to feel free, young and brave again?
Free - absolutely! Can’t say I feel young trudging up Awaba! I had never ever felt brave in my life before WWOT, but now I do.
Have you been on a Wild Adventure, if so, what is your favourite memory/story? (All funny, inspiring or frightening stories welcome!)
I have been lucky enough to go on a number of Wild Adventures with WWOT with lots of gorgeous women who are now very special friends. From Everest Base Camp, The Great Ocean Road and the GR20 in Corsica I have many amazing memories and moments. GR20 was definitely the one that took my breath away and had me hanging off a cliff – literally. The trip gave me hundreds of life threatening and life rewarding moments! From a major personal meltdown, to the exhilaration of standing on a peak looking over the most beautiful landscape – from electrical storms where you hair stood on end to bathing in the purest of rock pools – from absolute cold fear staring into someone’s eyes to gain the courage to continue to just about wetting my pants giggling with my room buddy! I had it all.
Who or what do you consider to be your greatest source of inspiration and why?
Life inspires me – family, friends, people, places, things, moments and memories – you name it. Every time I train with WWOT there is always something or someone in the group that inspires me to be a better version of myself. WWOT definitely is high on inspiring – it has given me the courage to give so many more things in life a go and I can’t thank them enough for that.