How does a team of 5 women, all mums and a couple of grandmas with a combined age of over 250, beat hundreds of trekkers, mostly male and mostly under 50, in the Wild Endurance 100 km trek in the Blue Mountains?
BY DI WESTAWAY | CEO and Founder of Wild Women On Top
“Boy do we cram it in … I reckon we do double what normal people do in a weekend!” said Wild Women On Top Friday Gal, Melody Talbot as we flew back from Lord Howe Island last Sunday night. And what did she love most about the Wild Weekend, which featured the world famous climb of Mt Gower? “Such fun scrambling up and down those ropes, but at the top … that pristine absolute paradise. Then diving into that water – and so pure, blissful.”
In an extreme battle against the weather Gods, nearly 2,000 trekkers and 200 volunteers fought gale force wind gusts, torrential rain, high tides, hyperthermia and exhaustion in the Wild Women On Top Sydney Coastrek 50-100km team challenge.
Last weekend, the Wild Women On Top coaches went wild in the bush.
We threw away our itineraries, phones, antiseptic gel and mascara! We plunged naked into the ocean on remote beaches, did cartwheels and handstands in the sand, and wrapped ourselves in banners on rocky mountain summits, laughing all the way.
BY BELLA WESTAWAY Five weeks ago, as I lay in a hostel bed in San Sebastian, Spain, with a spring sticking into my hip and my iPod drowning out the sounds of snores from the guy in the bed below me, I cried myself to sleep. My mum was about to head to Nepal, to attempt to climb a mountain. It's called Ama Dablam, and it's breathtakingly beautiful. It's also 6812m high and technically difficult. I was crying because I was scared. I was scared she was not coming home. I am no stranger to my mum heading off on crazy adventures.