This Wild Woman Proves Age Is Just A Number
By the Wild Women On Top Team
Wild Woman Margaret Sheridan was nudging 70 when she thought she might be getting too old for adventure hiking. She'd spent years hiking up moutains, rafting down rivers and bashing through bushland and her body just wasn't functioning like it used to. She had two artificial hips and thought they wouldn’t be able to take the strain anymore. But a challenge from her youngest son stopped those doubts in their tracks. He suggested they take on the Overland Track again and soon after they started training for the Tassie trek, Margaret was approached with another enticing offer: Did she want to do Coastrek?
She jumped at the opportunity and the thought of giving up on hiking adventures became a thing of the past. Now, at 79, Margaret is a force to be reckoned with and has completed three Coastreks.
This Wild Woman has scaled staggering heights, trekked some of the world’s most beautiful natural wonders and knows first hand the impact exercising in nature can have on the mind. Margaret has overcome injury after injury and hasn't let any of them stop her. She's now recovering from a total knee replacement and is smashing her rehab! We’re certain she’ll be back trekking in no time.
As this week’s Wild Woman Of The Week, Margaret tells us what she loves most about being a Wild Woman and where she has her sights set on next.
Q: What do you love MOST about being a Wild Woman?
A: I love the camaraderie of woman who have the zest for achieving their potential in terms of overall wellbeing in body and mind. I love their desire to explore some of the most amazing, breathtakingly beautiful wild places in the world.
Q: What's the best hike you've ever done and what made it so epic?
A: That’s a hard one! I have to say Wainwright’s Walk in Northern England. Why? It takes you along coastal cliffs, through meadows, up and down steep hillsides and beside picturesque brooks. Along the way you see ancient stone cottages and the spectacularly beautiful Lake District. You trek over windswept moors, through historic towns, and along stunningly beautiful coastline dotted with small fishing villages. There are lots of cows and sheep, as well as great pubs and food!
Q: Which hiking destination is at the top of your bucket list and why?
A: I missed out on Iceland because I dropped a large piece of marble I was carving on my left foot. So, that's one I want to do, as well as the north coast of Scotland.
Q: What's the funniest thing that's happened to you on a hike?
A: I slipped on a mossy edge of a cobbled step in Japan and executed a belly roll to the bottom unscathed.
Q: What's the best hiking advice you've ever been given?
A: It’s all attitude.
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.