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

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Most of us don’t need science to tell us that grumpy, moody teens are happier when they get outside. But what’s causing these mood swings and how do we keep them swinging in the right direction?
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If you’re looking for some great ways to get out in nature this weekend, look no further! These gorgeous day walks are the perfect autumn activity – take the kids, friends, family or go by yourself for a solitary soak in nature’s playground.
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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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I once went on a hike where I wore a brand spanking new pair of leather boots. It wasn’t a good time. Since then, I’ve learned many hiking lessons – some which have totally changed the game and others which are simply nice-to-haves. So you can avoid making some of the more classic mistakes, I’ve compiled a list of what the Wild Women team and our wonderful community wish they knew before they started hiking.
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Want to know how to celebrate International Women's Day in 2021? Have an adventure. Jump in the waterfall, go first down the abseil, learn how to put the tent up and carry your own gear. Ask for the promotion, the night off housework, the orgasm. How does that relate to equality? We'll tell you how. 
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Dear 40-year-old Di, I know things feel shit right now. And let me tell you, you’re in for one helluva ride. The next 20 years are going to bring heartache, loss and some seriously tough times, but on the other side is a bigger, bolder, braver life than you ever imagined.
If you’ve had a slothful or indulgent January, join the club. It doesn't mean you're bad, or lazy, or undisciplined. It just means you’re human. But it's not too late to turn things around.
Once you’ve been forced, by circumstance, to wee in front of other people, there is no turning back. In fact, weeing on the side of a trail can actually be quite liberating. But public squatting isn’t the only wee-related lesson you need to learn if you want to be a hard-core Wild Woman. When you spend time in extreme weather wilderness locations, where it’s too cold, windy or dangerous to leave your tent, you must develop other essential skills to avoid both a frost-bitten arse and pee in your pants!
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Whether you prefer a full-blown power muff, a manicured landing strip, a vejazzle, a heart-shaped ‘do, a brazillian or any other pubic style, we say do as you please! But when it comes to the outdoors and managing your pubes, we’re interested in function over form, and in helping newbie hikers avoid some serious pube-related mistakes we’ve made in our time (an itchy vulva on a hike is no fun, lemme tell ya!). Here's what you need to know...
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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.
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In a culture that worships youthful looks, many of us think that physical weakness and decline is a natural part of ageing. But research shows that most age-related wilting is a result of lifestyle, not the number of candles on your cake.
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Last year my plans to climb The Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps, hike the Cape to Cape in Western Australia, join the Coastrek team trekking challenge, and go wild in the Snowy Mountains got cancelled. Why? A global pandemic got very much in the way. But the biggest hiking trend for 2021 is also our greatest opportunity. Here's why.
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By improving your lifestyle behaviours, many of the negative symptoms of mid-life can be managed or reversed, and you can turn a crisis into a fabulous opportunity for growth. Don't mind if we do! 
I’ve just realised my New Year’s resolutions always fail. Nearly every single year since I was allowed out in the dark, I’ve raised my glass of bubbles (or tea, or tequila) at midnight on 31 December and wished for a fitter, slimmer, more fun version of myself. Alas, I’m not a genie, and my wishes did not come true. That’s not to say I haven’t, at various thrilling stages of my life, felt fitter, slimmer and more fun. But it wasn’t the promise of a new year that motivated me. Here's what did.
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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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Our obsession with youth and beauty means we see age as a curse rather than a gift. A burden, rather than an opportunity that gives you the freedom to live the way you want to live, without worrying about what others think. But we need to think differently. Here's how.
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Right now, we're living in a stressful world. There's no doubt about it. In the midst of a global pandemic, many of us are feeling stressed about our jobs, our health, our loved ones, and the unknown. Especially those who are going through lockdown for a second time. While a little stress can be good for motivation and productivity, chronic stress can cause disease.  But there is a simple, quick and free way to help manage stress. Here's how to make it a habit. 
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I was trekking in the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, carrying 18kg of ‘essentials’ - including lemon and coconut syrup cake (of course)! I was hiking in dense and remote bushland with a brand-spanking new pack. I made a huge mistake.
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This recipe is adapted from a family Christmas favourite to give you an amazing experience of sweet, crunchy, creamy, tangy, melt-in-your-mouth delight in every mouthful.
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If you choose to buy cheap gear over quality gear – you’re taking a risk. Cheap gear is more likely to break, fray, degrade, and simply not do the job. You don’t realise how important quality gear is until it saves you from a disaster...

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