It's Monday morning. The alarm barks at me and I flap around blindly trying to mute it. My eyes are glued shut with sleep and I'm feeling groggy and sluggish. I dig deep into the rubbish bin of yesterday's thoughts searching for a reason to drag myself from the warm cocoon of my doona.
Back in 2005 Coastrek was born.
A 127 km adventure that had trekkers walking around the clock. It was young and unknowing but its vision and cause attracted wonderful, adventurous teams to its starting line. 10 years on the original Coastrekker’s have gone on to scale the most arduous yet breathtaking peaks of Everest and K2, abandoned professions in search of the magnificent and are now employed by the wild – spending days getting to know themselves amongst the many hidden treasures of the outdoors.
Adventure is about the UNEXPECTED……after all it’s not called the wild just for fun.
The wilderness is wonderful but as all us trekkers have learnt, it is unpredictable, random and impulsive. It does not follow any schedule, itinerary or plan and definitely does not always conform to our expectations.
Back in 2005, Wild Women On Top was born.
Starting with night trek training sessions, a group of fun, inspired women came along to trek the Coastline by night. Vacant trails became packed with laughing women trekking their weekly worries away. 3 hours evaporated beneath the moonlight in seconds, strangers became friends and every 2 weeks we shared a yummy supper together – none of us knowing that one day we would all climb some of the most breathtaking peaks, together.
Five years ago, Adventurer of the year, John Jacoby received a phone call from mate David Moffatt inviting him to his 50th birthday party.
“David said ‘the party’s a journey ‘up north,’” said Jacoby. By that he meant a mountain bike ride from Cape Tribulation to the tip of Cape York, then sea kayak paddle across Torres Strait to PNG and then a run of the Kokoda Track. “It was great, just my type of party,” said Jacoby.
It was surprising but very humbling, as I think that there many more inspiring WWOT in the tribe, coaches and wonderful ladies training than me, love them all. Big thank you to all that supported me along the track!!!
Nature inspires me and my parents. I was brought up on a farm in Southern England, horse riding, cycling, swimming & generally roaming the countryside! I’ve always loved nature & the great outdoors. I love the freedom of space, the beauty & tranquillity of nature, & I love adverse weather conditions – makes me glad I was born!
1. When you have new boots, or if they’re tight around the joints, consider lacing from second eyelet to give more room for feet to spread.
2. For endurance trekking, where you don’t want to stop for food, use a front bum bag so you can nibble on high carb foods continuously as you walk.
To be honest I was really shocked when the call came through. Couldn't quite believe that I had been nominated out of all of the fabulous Wild Women I've had the good fortune to meet so far, and no doubt the many more that I haven't as yet.
Wow thank you its rather overwhelming as we all inspire each other every time we train together!! I feel inspired by all the women at wwot from the super encouraging coaches, lovely staff at the office and all the gorgeous girls at training who have incredible life stories to share, thank you.
Get ready to print out these ten steps to wellness and paste them on your fridge, your bathroom mirror, the dashboard in your car, save it to your desktop, your iPhone and iPad, your mac... AND DO THEM!
76 years young, Margaret Sheridan is one of our treasured Wild Women On Top members. With the ability to turn any experience into an adventure, this interview with Margaret reveals the inspiring mindset of a woman who has scaled peaks, kayaked rivers and trekked many of the world’s natural wonders.
We all have dreams. Some big, some small. Perhaps yours is to climb Kilimanjaro or maybe you’re enticed by the cultural peaks of Bhutan. You may feel they are outlandish, impossible or perhaps you think they roll too far beyond our limits. One thing I have learnt is that limits are undefined, boundaries are our own creation - so how can you make your impossible possible?
I took on my first 100km trek in a day, as a newbie to the ultra-endurance scene about 8 years ago. I had never even run a marathon, so this was a huge goal for me to take on with a team of women who had considerably more experience than I did.
If I were to describe a medication that was free, enjoyable with side effects only of fitness, freedom and liberation… would you believe me? Six months ago I made a discovery… a simple yet invaluable discovery that has replenished my glow and reignited my flickering spark.