Seven Inspiring Adventurous Women To Follow In 2019
By Sophia Hatzis
Social media can add to your life in really awesome ways. It can inspire your next adventure and connect you with like-minded wild women who are hungry to explore.
But it can also detract from your life and your happiness.You’re not alone if you’ve found yourself feeling bad about your less-than-perfect abs or messy kitchen after scrolling through Instagram or Facebook. You're certainly not alone if you find yourself comparing your life to someone else’s polished, pristine, and often filtered highlight reel.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. We can be in control and choose who and what we allow into our lives.
Curating an inspiring and positive social media feed is like breathing in fresh morning air on a hike. It fills you with the good energy you need to keep going, brings you back to what really matters. It can push you to achieve goals and get out of your comfort zone.
So here are seven wild, wonderful women to follow on Instagram.
Allie Pepper (@alliepepperadventures)
Allie Pepper was struggling to find direction in her life, but that all changed when she came across an Outdoor Recreation TAFE course in 1999. She quickly became addicted to mountain climbing and has been trekking, hiking and kicking arse ever since. In 2011, she achieved her dream of climbing Mount Everest and she broke records doing it, becoming the first Aussie woman to climb the world's highest peak without the aid of bottled oxygen.
She is a super woman and her Instagram feed will give you some serious wanderlust and hiking inspiration.
Jacqui Bell (@jacquiabell)
Jacqui Bell is a 23-year-old ultramarathon runner who has her sights set on an extraordinary goal. The Brisbane-born athlete wants to become the youngest woman in the world to complete the 4 Deserts challenge. The desert races - in Africa, South America, Asia and Antarctica - are a whopping 250km. And if that doesn’t sound hard enough, racers only have seven days to finish each leg!
Jacqui’s awesome can-do spirit will give you some serious inspiration on the days when your energy levels feel low. She also posts some great workouts you can test out in preparation for your next wild adventure.
Monique Forestier (@moniqueforestier)
Monique Forestier isn’t scared of getting caught between a rock and a hard place. In fact, she lives for it.
Monique is an avid rock climber and has made a career out of her passion. Her hunger for the adrenalin rush that comes with scaling rugged clifftops has taken her to all corners of the globe. You’d be hard pressed to name somewhere Monique HASN’T travelled during her two decades as a climber. And since her husband is a photographer, she has some killer photos to share!
Jade Hameister (@jadehameister)
Jade was crowned Australian Geographic’s Young Adventurer of the Year in 2018 and we can see why. This 17-year-old wild woman has made a habit of smashing records in the snow. At just 12 years old, she successfully trekked to Everest Base Camp and set her sights on smashing more goals on the ice. She is the first Australian woman and the youngest person to ski unassisted from the coast to the South Pole. She’s also the youngest woman to cross Greenland. There are some huge adventures ahead for this Australian explorer!
Di Westaway (@diwestaway)
We can’t go past our fearless leader, Chief Adventure Chick and Founding Director of Wild Women On Top Di Westaway. Di oozes happiness and wellness because she lives it every day. You’d struggle to find a weekend where she doesn’t have an adventure planned. Whether it’s hiking the majestic coastline of Sydney’s Northern Beaches – with some delicious bliss balls in her pack – or scaling mountains across the globe, she’s always on the move.
Turia Pitt (@turiapitt)
Turia Pitt is, without a doubt, one of Australia’s most recognisable and respected women.
Her story is one many of us know well. In 2011, she was competing in a 100km ultramarathon race when she was engulfed by fire. She suffered severe burns and barely got out alive.
Despite the countless operations and excruciating rehabilitation, Turia hasn’t just survived - she’s thrived. Turia consistently reminds us that we grow most when we’re outside our comfort zone.
Alyssa Azar (@alyssaazar)
Alyssa Azar, like many of the other awesome wild women featured here, isn’t a stranger to breaking records. At the tender age of eight, Alyssa took on a very adult challenge and became the youngest person to cross the Kokoda Track. Her hunger for exploration spurred her on to smash more insane records, including becoming the youngest Australian to summit Mount Everest. This wild woman keeps it real, showing just how tough and rewarding it can be to get to the top of some of the world’s highest peaks.