Three Simple Pleasures That Make Morning Exercise So Magical
By Sophia Hatzis | Digital Content Producer at Wild Women On Top
Wild Woman Di Munns is rarely found at the front of the pack. You'll often discover her at the back of the group where she's working to hard to get the perfect shot. Di has a serious passion for photography and if you're a member of the Wild Women Community on Facebook there's no doubt you will have come across the beautiful fruits of her labour.
For Di, trekking with Wild Women brings together her love of walking and her passion for taking pictures. Bright, bubbly, and with a smile that lights up the room, Di is treasured member of our tribe.
This week, she reveals why morning training is so special and shares a personal anecdote which proves the importance of her one piece of hiking advice.
What do you love MOST about being a Wild Woman?
I cherish the community of woman I walk wild with. I've never met a group of more intelligent woman in all my life, women who work in all different professional arenas. We're all dressed in hiking gear and it makes us all look "the same", but talking to individual woman it never ceases to amaze me some of the positions they hold in their various careers. These beautiful women I hike with have stories from all walks of life. I learn so much from listening to them. Our group of women is very special. There's not one person I know that wouldn't bend over backwards to help someone in need. We are a tight-knit community.
I know this is a women's hiking group, but I get so much more out of it than just exercise and keeping physically fit. Just being present, talking or not talking, that social connection with like-minded women is so important. I often walk at the back of the group doing my photography which I love.
I love the morning routine of getting up early, having the quiet house to myself at that hour, deciding whether I'll photograph when I get to the venue, sipping on a coffee in the car, listening to a podcast that I otherwise never get time to do, arriving and watching the sunrise. That’s pleasure enough!
What’s the best hike you’ve ever done and what made it so epic?
I've done some amazing hikes and I can't say what was best. They all had special moments. The Kepler Track (in New Zealand) which I hiked with my brother, son, and niece was my first overseas hike. It was outstanding. The Great Ocean Road with Wild Women was my first interstate hike, it was also outstanding. I’ve done many day hikes. I just love getting out into nature and forgetting about the hustle and bustle of what you leave behind when you go on a trip! I’m looking forward to doing more hikes in New Zealand and Tassie as they are so close to home and have such spectacular scenery and terrain.
What is the hike at the top of your bucket list and why?
I’m going on the Switzerland trip in August with Wanda and that really has been on my bucket list so when it came up I jumped at it. The beauty and the variation in terrain looks incredible, I cannot wait to photograph the scenery.
What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you on a hike?
I've had a few funny moments during my time with Wild Women, but the one that comes immediately to mind is when I strayed from group on the rocks near Clifton Gardens. I got impatient and headed off around the rocks. I could see Clifton Gardens and it wasn’t far. But I had trouble getting around the rocks and to cut a long story short, I tried to clamber up a cliff face and fell into the water, backpack, phone, and all!
I climbed onto a dry rock and thought I'd better call the coach and let her know what I’d done while I still had reception. Well, my reception had died! I conveyed my situation but couldn't hear her on the other end. I got moving because I had no idea if anyone was coming to rescue me so, slightly panicked, I clambered up rock faces I never knew I could, pushed through a thorny thicket, and finally rolled out onto the track.
I'm addicted to photography and posting pictures so the funny side was, even though my phone couldn’t text, call, or Google, it allowed me to post photos on Facebook!
What’s the best piece of hiking advice?
Do not leave the group. Do not be so far ahead that you cannot see the last person in the group!
If you're keen to see some of Di's stunning photos, and you want some top hiking tips from the experts, come and join us in the Wild Women Community!