Q and A With Our Wild Woman Of The Week: Maryanne Spiers
By the Wild Women Team
We know our Wild Women are awesome. You climb mountains, navigate tough terrain, give back to the community and care for everyone around you. There’s nothing a Wild Woman can’t do.
But how much do you really know about the inspiring ladies who hike beside you?
In this new segment, we're going to showcase some of our Wildest Women, who light a spark in every life they touch! They push the boundaries of what's possible and inspire us to add a little more adventure to our lives.
First up is Maryanne Spiers, Trek Training coach and Wild Adventures Guru. She's the gal who makes all your Wild Adventure dreams come true. And, she's the coach of our epic new Trek Training group, the South Easties. In this great Q and A she tells us what's on her bucket list and the thing she loves most about being a Wild Woman.
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 are key. And wear the right shoes and socks!
If you’re looking for some hiking adventures to kick off the new year, check out our new South-Easties Trek Training group. We go exploring at sunset on Thursdays and sunrise on Sundays along the stunning trails, cliff tops, beaches, rock ledges and bays from Maroubra to Rose Bay.