Now that we're into summer and the weather is awesome, get off the couch and make the most of your weekends with these spectacular micro-adventures. Take your family and friends, or just go by yourself and enjoy the tranquillity of nature. Visitors to Sydney will love these iconic, off-the-beaten-path trails.
By the Wild Women On Top Team | Experts in hiking adventures for women Every year we love to celebrate the amazing women who have inspired us most with our Most Inspiring Award. The nominees for this award have been selected by their coaches and teammates for their remarkable achievements throughout the year, demonstrating compassion, strength, kindness, preparation, achievement, resilience, improvement, mental toughness and more. Please help us to congratulate these awesome women and join us at the Christmas Party, where we will announce the winner!
Here are Wild Women On Top's favourite funny reasons to take a hike this weekend. If mentions of bodily functions (wee, poo, sweat etc.) or the thought of having no phone reception stress you out, this post is not for you.
You’ll love these delicious bliss balls, which are packed full of love and nutrition to keep you healthy and happy. They are a perfect, portable snack for wilderness hikes, long-haul adventures, school lunches or Coastrek event day.
By Di Westaway | Chief Adventure Chick (CEO) of Wild Women On Top
When friends heard I was doing two long-haul economy trips in quick succession, they couldn’t believe it. Many thought I was naive at best, masochistic at worst. But, of course, I created a positive spin on it. I figured I could overcome the discomfort of no sleep, no space, no way to get horizontal, no fresh air, no real food and no way to move my body by integrating daily health rituals into the 25 hours of sitting on planes and 25 hours in transit. And you can, too.
By Di Westaway | Chief Adventure Chick (CEO) of Wild Women On Top
If I was to tell you about a drug that improves mood, productivity, physical and mental health, memory, sleep and sex drive, reduces stress, anxiety, lethargy and age-related cognitive decline and can be used to treat anxiety and depression with no negative side effects, would you take it?
By Di Westaway | Chief Adventure Chick (CEO) and Founder of Wild Women On Top
This is probably one of the most important posts you’ll read on this blog. I know, it’s not funny or personal, but it’s practical. So practical.
Because blisters are one of the most common and most terrible things that can happen to you on the trail. No, they’re not life threatening, but they can be extremely painful and prevent you from walking. In fact, they can ruin your entire trip. The good news is, they’re easily prevented.
By Di Westaway | Chief Adventure Chick (CEO) and Founder of Wild Women On Top Last week we talked about what to wear on a hike. This week we're taking about what to bring, including the fabulous tips and tricks Wild Women On Top have learned about gear from 15 years of adventures. Enjoy.
By Di Westaway | Chief Adventure Chick (CEO) and Founder of Wild Women On Top "OMG, what am I going to wear?" This is often one of the first questions we're asked by Wild Women when they sign up for their first adventure.
What you wear when you go hiking is very personal, but there are a few hard-and-fast rules. Cotton is death. Try before you buy. Don't be lured by a sale. Don't shop online. Try it in training first. Wear in your boots. Yes, rules are made to be broken, and these ones sometimes can be. But below is a list of all your basic essentials as well as my top tips and tricks when it comes to hiking attire.
By Di Westaway | Founder and Chief Adventure Chick (CEO) at Wild Women On Top Fifteen years ago, I would have been horrified at the thought of doing my ‘business’ anywhere other than a private, sparkling, white, porcelain bowl. Now, in the wilderness, I think nothing of dropping my pants wherever I happen to be standing and doing a wee when nature calls. But periods are a different story, and I’ve had my fair share of embarrassing ones.
By Bella Westaway | Content and Engagement Editor at Wild Women On Top Teenage girls live in a world where reality is warped by Instagram filters and Photoshop, where friends look like models and models feel like friends. They exist in a society that values ‘likes’ and ‘comments’, ‘follows’ and ‘shares’, one where beauty is defined by brands that profit from your insecurity. So what does all this have to do with hiking? Everything. Because hiking can dismantle it all.
By Di Westaway | Chief Adventure Chick at Wild Women On Top
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” African Proverb
There’s a reason you feel better when you work and workout with a team. We often use the phrase ‘T.E.AM: Together Everyone Achieves More’ here at Wild Women On Top, but you don't only achieve more and feel happier with friends – they actually support your health.
Di Westaway | Chief Adventure Chick at Wild Women On Top and Coastrek
Despite what some people might think, I don’t sign up for big, hairy, audacious adventures because I like pain and suffering. In fact, my decision to take on adventure challenges is actually about avoiding it. It's about pleasure. It's about magic moments. It's about living a life that has depth as well as length.
Di Westaway | Chief Adventure Chick at Wild Women On Top and Coastrek Briiiiiiing. The alarm wakes me. Eugh. Already? It feels like only seconds ago my head hit the pillow. I press snooze then remember what motivated my early alarm. Oh… a sunrise walk. But it’s dark, freezing and rainy outside. Damn… Just a few more minutes in heaven.
By Di Westaway | Chief Adventure Chick Wild Women On Top | Author of Natural Exhilaration
Have you ever returned from an adventure feeling flat? Had the old 'post-holiday blues'?
When you come back from the adventure of your dreams to a snoring partner or a screaming baby or an empty house, you can feel flat, exhausted and irritable. And it's not just you wish you were still exploring the Mediterranean or some mountains. It’s because you have a dopamine hangover.
Di Westaway | Chief Adventure Chick at Wild Women On Top and Coastrek I always start my day with exercise. Honestly, I love it. But then, as the day goes on, stuck in my office staring at a computer screen all day long, I often feeling like a caged lioness.
Di Westaway | Chief Adventure Chick at Wild Women On Top and Coastrek A glass of red, your latest book club novel and a snuggle up on the couch with a hot man, OR an adventure walk in the wind and rain with the girls? Which would you prefer on a cold winter’s night?