A breast cancer survivor, a mother of four, a grandmother of three, a keen walker, and a mighty explorer, Julie Towner shares with us her favourite hikes and explains why being a Wild Woman has transformed her life.
If you ‘Google’ Bucket List hikes, you’ll get a list of some of the world’s most famous walking trails. From the Inca Trail to Everest Base Camp, the Appalachian Trail to Mt Kilimanjaro, they’re iconic.
But what about those off-the-beaten-track kind of adventures that often go under the radar? They’re usually quieter, more remote, and often more beautiful than their overly touristy counterparts.
We asked the Wild Women team to share their favourite adventure, to bring you 20 experiences you absolutely need to add to your bucket list.
Deanna Adams has experienced mental health issues for some time. But when her mum was diagnosed with leukemia late last year, her depression turned particularly nasty. After joining Wild Women, Deanna found hiking with women gave her the tools she needed to kick her depression to the curb. For the first time in years, Deanna is excited about life and opening her eyes every day. She is living proof that hiking is a woman's best medicine.
Philio Georgiades went to bed just like she did every night. Nothing was different or out of the ordinary. The next morning, she woke up completely blind. It was the scariest time of her life. Philio couldn't see shapes or shades or shadows. She couldn't make out figures. And she couldn't see the faces of her husband or her children. After a month of waiting, in complete darkness, Philio was told there was hope. She underwent surgery and the operation altered the course of her life. Now, she's on a mission to give back.
We're pretty lucky in Australia. As keen adventurers and hikers, we're spoiled for choice. Sometimes it's easy to forget we're home to some of the world's most beautiful natural wonders. Life-changing trips are right at our doorstep, ones that don't require a passport or hours on a plane. And they're perfect micro adventures for a girl's weekend away.
If you're from Queensland, or you're hoping to explore the Sunshine state, there are hundreds of trails to try. We've asked our coaches and you - our Wild Women - to share your favourite hikes in Queensland with us. Here are the eight weekend walks that get the Wild Women tick of approval.
Caroline's health transformation probably isn't like the ones you've heard before. It's not a drastic weight loss story. It's not about glossy before and after photos. But it's one that deserves to be told.
There’s nothing quite like a partner, kid or friend accusing you of ‘PMS-ing’ or being ‘hormonal’ when you’re grumpy, especially when you are. In fact, I reckon there’s a special store of rage reserved for anyone who dares comment on the state of your hormones, particularly when they’re right.
But is it okay to occasionally pick a fight with your partner because they're breathing too loud? Science says yes.
Liz Walden hasn't always been into hiking. In fact, before she joined Wild Women, she was a complete newbie to the world of trekking and adventuring. But after taking on the Sydney Coastrek challenge with her friend Margaret, Liz signed up for Trek Training sessions and since then her life has transformed. So how did this complete newbie become a hardcore hiker? Liz reveals how she made it happen.
When you’re first starting out, hiking can be a little daunting... scary even. We want you to feel supported as you take that leap of faith - armed with the tips and tricks the experts think you should know. So we’ve rounded up the best hiking tips from all our Wild Women Coaches and Head Office team. Some are funny, some are serious, all are important to learn.
When Kelly Books first joined Wild Women 16 years ago, she was probably just like you. Excited and maybe a bit nervous about meeting a new group of women for the first time. But, like many of our Wild Women, it didn't take Kelly long to find her feet and fully immerse herself in the community. She started out as a client, coming to Di's Trek Training in Clontarf on Monday nights. But within about 18 months, Kelly was working in the Wild Women office. Then, five years later, she became one of our first adventure coaches!
Things don't always go to plan when you're in the outdoors. Most experienced trekkers would tell you that. You might suddenly fall ill, injure yourself, or get a bit lost. Mother Nature may also decide she wants to get involved and gift you with a torrential downpour or a snowstorm. There are plenty of physical, emotional and mental barriers that can get in the way. That stop us from crossing the finish line or climbing to the top of the mountain. But a skilled trekker will also tell you the most challenging adventures, the ones you simply can't or don't complete, can be the most memorable.
This week, our Wild Woman Angela Wagland, shares why her favourite hike was one she didn't finish.
When you think of a wild woman, there's one adventurous, kick-arse lady who should come to mind. Our Founder and Chief Adventure Chick Di Westaway. Di has been on some epic trips around the world and her bucket list gets longer and longer as the years go by. This week, Di shares her top hiking tips, her favourite trek of all time and where she's flying off to next. And it's giving us some major FOMO.
Summer is now over but there’s still time to take advantage of the warmer weather, the light in the mornings and the later sunsets. If you’re hungry for a weekend adventure with your girlfriends, there are so many options close to home. From breath-taking coastal trails in Sydney to challenging hikes in the Blue Mountains, there’s tonnes to explore and to do in New South Wales. Adventure is literally at our doorstep. So here are eight kick-arse hikes that should be on your to-do list.
Two years ago, Margaret Gosper had never hiked before. She wasn't into camping, adventure or travel. Just work. But following a series of major life challenges, including divorce and a cancer diagnosis, Marg joined our community as a quiet, nervous newbie with no idea that her life was about to be turned upside down... in the best way possible! Marg is the definition of 'attitude is everything', and proves you can change your life at any stage - you just have to be a little wild.
Getting lost when you're out on the trail is a lot easier than you think. When you lose your way in the wilderness, it's easy to descend into panic. Your mind goes fuzzy, your heart starts pounding, you start rushing, then running. Di Westaway tells us what not to do if you get lost on a hike.
For adventure veteran, trekking expert and coach Jacqueline Conway, it would almost be impossible to answer the question: 'What's the best hike you've ever done'. Her choice is one you might not expect. The "magic" adventure isn't too far from home, has only recently been discovered and is one trek, Jacq believes, should be on your bucket list.
Sometimes I’m happy to suffer through a bit of not-so-glam to experience something epic, like the remote wilderness of Iceland or Everest Base Camp. But if I can enjoy an incredible, mind-blowing adventure, have a physical challenge AND wash my hair when it’s over… well, sign me up.
Wild Woman Fiona Chapman isn't one to shy away from a challenge. This veteran Trek Training member and long-time explorer is putting her foot on the gas. This year, she's taking on a different kind of adventure, one that absolutely gets our tick of approval. Fiona tells us how becoming a Wild Woman has pushed her beyond what she thought she was capable of.
Most of us have grown up thinking that losing strength and gaining weight are just part of growing old. We think that with each birthday after forty, we’ll get a bit saggier, a bit softer and a bit flabbier. But is weight gain really a fact of ageing?