Di Westaway

Di Westaway is the Chief Adventure Chick and Founder of Wild Women On Top and Coastrek. She is a global leader and award-winning woman of influence who has inspired more than 25,000 people off the couch through shared hiking adventures, while raising over $20 million for charity and helping women lead adventurous lives they love.

She does work she loves with people she loves the way she loves and she’s keen to help families, friends and workers do the same.

When she’s not freaking us out by doing handstands on knife-edge summits, Di leads her team on a mission to connect, inspire and empower each other and our community.

She is passionate about motivating women to lead adventurous lives they love, creating pleasure, power and productivity from hiking adventures.

Di is an adventure coach, mother, motivational speaker, 2017 NSW Telstra Business Women's Awards Finalist, 2016 AFR/Westpac 100 Woman of Influence, world-record holder and author of Natural Exhilaration and How to Prepare for World Class Treks.

She is also a columnist for Great Walks Magazine and has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Brisbane Times, The Canberra Times, HuffPost Australia, Mamamia, Essential Kids, The CEO Magazine Australia, The Hoopla, Thrive Global and AG Outdoor.

She has climbed many extreme altitude peaks and holds the record for the world’s highest handstand on Mt Ama Dablam, 6,982m, Nepal.

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What’s your role in the WWOT team? 

I am the luckiest duck becauseI get to be the Chief Adventure Chick (CEO) at Wild Women On Top. That means I lead the strategic planning for both business and adventure, which I love. I also lead our awesome team to help them be the best they can be at inspiring and empowering women to lead adventurous lives they love. 

What is your favourite thing about the WWOT community?

My favourite thing is seeing the smiles on the faces of women when they immerse themselves in nature’s challenges and discover that they are capable of far more than they ever imagined. That look of exhaustion combined with natural exhilaration that comes from overcoming fear and going wild. 

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

The top of my bucket list is to touch the lives of a million women to create a happier world through shared hiking adventures. I have bucket lists of bucket lists and live the dream by challenging myself with at least one super scary adventure and bunch of mini adventures every year. That’s what keeps me sane.  

Where will we find you on a Sunday morning?

I love Sunday mornings because I get to indulge in physical activity in nature. Most often you’ll find me dangling off a cliff, riding trails, sipping hot tea on a lookout or hiking hills with wonderful wild women at sunrise. 

What’s the wildest adventure you’ve ever been on?

My wildest adventure ever was doing the world’s highest handstand on Mt Ama Dablam 6,978m, in Nepal. It was by far the hardest and scariest. I only succeeded because I paid a porter to cart my gear, slept with the guide (he was my partner at the time), and got an sms from wild woman, Danae, on summit night that said “Toughen Up Princess”. Like all my wild adventures, it’s the team that matters.

What motto or mantra do you live by?

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

 

Previous posts

Fearlessness comes from facing fear frequently. Whenever you feel sad, bad, or mad you have an opportunity to change your mind.
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How do you feel about pooping into a zip-lock bag and carrying it in your backpack? What about digging a hole in the ground for your business? For many women, the thought of pooing anywhere other than a sparkling white porcelain bowl is enough to deter them from adventures. But don’t let this be you!
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If you’re looking for glorious beaches, ancient rainforests, spectacular rock formations, astonishing waterfalls, crystal clear lagoons, vast sandstone escarpments and pristine natural wilderness, you can’t go past the fabulous walks of Queensland. Here are our favourites.
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Not all great recipes make great trail food. Over the past 20 years, with the help of our fabulous Wild Women Community, we’ve developed a few great snacks, treats and lunches to take on the trail.
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If you’re looking for an iconic mini-break adventure that’s full of delightful surprises, look no further than the Three Capes of Tassie. There are three different ways to experience this magnificent hike. We help you weigh up the option that will suit you best.
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If you think hiking breakfasts have to be boring, think again. This delicious pancake recipe is the perfect way to start a hiking adventure and it'll impress your hungry hiking buddies.
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Most people know walking is good for them. We feel it - in our bodies and in our brains. But could walking in nature actually help prevent and treat clinical depression? Our Founding Director and women's health expert Di Westaway took a look at the research to find out.
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These cookies are the most delicious choc chip cookies ever. They are best enjoyed with a cuppa on a clifftop after an awesome hike.
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Many of us live in a stressful world where we’re constantly rushing from one commitment to the next. And while a little stress can be good for motivation and productivity, chronic stress can cause disease. But there’s an antidote to this stress. It's simple, easy, quick and free. Here's how to make it a habit.
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Do you often exclaim to others (or yourself) that you're just SO busy? Do you feel like you're constantly time poor? Are you stressed, tired or wrung out often? That used to be me. Here's why I stopped wearing busy as a badge of honour.
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You’ll love Di’s delicious Buckini Bars, which are packed full of love and nutrition to keep you and your family healthy and happy every day. They are a perfect, super food for wilderness walks, long-haul adventures, Coastrek hikes, exam weeks and breaky on the go.
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Staying inside your comfort zone is easy. Safe. Comfortable. And that's a lovely thing. But if you do it too much, it can make life feel stagnant, monotonous and unexciting. The longer you stay there, the smaller it gets. The more uncomfortable things feel. Stay there too long, and you lose your ability to deal with challenges, to cope when life hits you with things that hurt. You lose your resilience, your ability to bounce back. This week, we're going to teach you how to build your resilience so you can feel strong, confident and joyful. Let's do this! 
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Step, breathe, step, breathe, step, breathe… This is the meditation mantra of our Wild Women team of Himalayan hikers, who recently trekked from Jomsom, the gateway to the hidden Kingdom Of Mustang, to Lo Mantang, near the Tibetan border, in search of adventure, tranquillity and the ancient Tiji Festival. After 12 days of thin air, heat, dust and heavenly views, our tent-based hikers compiled this list of tips, to help both newbies and seasoned hikers fine tune their packing and performance for a more fun and fabulous Himalayan adventure.
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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.
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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 to do if you get lost on a hike, and how not to get lost in the first place.
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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?
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Mostly, I feel like I’m totally the boss of my body. It does everything I ask it to, gives me energy, clarity, pleasure and calm, doesn’t hurt or feel sluggish, stagnant or stale. Sometimes, though, it’s the opposite. Here's how I get back on track.
NYE Adventures
Planning a New Year’s micro-adventure in nature isn’t as hard as you might think. With a few simple steps you can ignite your adventurous spirit to celebrate the old year and kick off the new year feeling fresh and fab -- and ready for even more adventures. Here's some of my favourite ways to see the new year in.
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You are going to love this recipe. It's one of those recipes you'll be cooking on repeat, particularly for those dinners where you want to be gourmet, but you don't have a whole lotta time. It's also an excellent mid-week staple, because it's so quick and easy to make. Enjoy!
As I wondered what I was going to do with all this stuff, some of which I would never use, it hit me that the experiences and adventures I was given bring me far more joy than stuff.

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