The One Thing I'll Never Do On A Trek Again
By the Wild Women On Top Team
When Nitu Gupta joined Wild Women On Top three years ago, she felt a little lost in life. Her two sons were toddlers, she was working part time and she found she was forgetting to take care of herself. But in 2019, the picture looks very different.
Nitu is a regular at Trek Training and has joined her Wild Women sisters on some extraordinary adventures, scaling mountains, hugging coastlines and scrambling over rocks in Australia and abroad. With all her hiking experience, Nitu has certainly learnt what to do. But she's also learnt what NOT to do. As our Wild Woman Of The Week, Nitu shares what she'll never do on an adventure again!
Q: What do you love MOST about being a Wild Woman?
A: What I love most about Wild Women is that I feel like I've found my tribe with this community. I feel blessed to have met such an amazing group of women who are supportive, fun, funny, challenging, tough, inspiring, and occasionally muddy. There's no other space like it. I get to laugh and get fit at the same time, which is partially then undone by Wanda's amazing baking!
Q: What's the best hike you've ever done and what made it so epic?
A: The best hike I've ever done was the recent Wild Women trip to Iceland. I had been planning that trip in my head for 20 years, saving for it for 10 years, and nagging Di about it for two years before it finally came to fruition.
I had very high expectations of Iceland and they were all blown out of the water. From climbing to the top of an active volcano one day, to snorkeling between tectonic plates and descending 120 metres into an inactice volcano the next, is really indescribable.
Q: Which hiking destination is at the top of your bucket list and why?
A: Although it's a bit of a cliché, walking the Overland Track in Tasmania is my next bucket list trip as I'd love to do it with my family. My boys are only four and five years old, so hopefully in the next five to 10 years we'll do this as they continue to share my love of bushwalking. Tassie is one of my favourite places in the world and after experiencing the beauty of part of this track last year, I can't wait to share the experience with my kids and my husband (who is a reluctant bushwalker).
Q: What's the funniest thing that's happened to you on a hike?
A: The funniest thing that's happened is watching Lucy Russell becoming airborne during an almighty dust storm in Iceland. Lucy literally flew past me like Mary Poppins yelling out: "Stop!"
Q: What's the best hiking advice you've ever been given?
A: The best hiking advice I have ever been given is to take a decent hip flask of Tassie whisky for the campfire at night. The one I took on the Freycinet trip leaked all through my bag, which wasn't ideal.
Other than that, the best advice is to take responsibility for where I'm going and to not trust others blindly just because they have been there before. Along part of the Overland Track, my friend and I got lost and ended up at the completely wrong hut because we were chatting so much and missed the turn off. I didn't even know there was a turn off, as she had assured me she knew the way so I didn't do any research of my own. We arrived at the correct hut at 10pm, exhausted after carrying a full pack for an extra six hours, barely able to eat as we were so tired. We then had a cold night's sleep. I'll never do that again!