Di Westaway

Di Westaway is the Chief Adventure Chick (CEO) 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.



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

Laughing with friends
Sometimes I just snap. My inner moody bitch appears without warning, dumping on those I love the most. It usually happens when I’ve been deprived of real human contact, after spending a work-from-home day in my office/bedroom, alone with only my devices for company. Often I’m so filled with remorse I fly into my bedroom riddled with guilt, further driving myself from what I need most: connection.
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!
Choc Chip Cookies
These cookies are the most delicious choc chip cookies ever. They are best enjoyed with a cuppa on a clifftop after an awesome hike.
Be my Valentine
Dear Valentine, I hope you won’t think me rude, but given the incompetence of my past lovers, I’ve decided to give you some tips so you don’t stuff up your Valentine’s Day.
If you’ve had an indulgent January, join the club. It's super hard not to indulge when there’s so much to celebrate and so many mouth-watering treats within arms reach. If you’ve done too much lounging and not enough bounding, don’t worry. 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.
Work Mums Walking!
Phew. You’ve survived six weeks of fighting the kids off screens, off Maccas and off the couch. So now it’s time to tackle that perennial New Year’s Resolution that fails: your fitness. It’s time to think about how the hell you’re going to make your health a priority this year.
A summer long weekend can be a gorgeous, relaxing, invigorating adventure with family or a backyard barbie with a beer and buddies. However, it can also be a mission in child-wrangling and heat management, the long days feeling longer with other people’s obnoxious kids and boob sweat. Here are my top tips to get your kids outdoors this Australia Day so your long weekend is more play than cray. Enjoy!
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.
Getting out of your comfort zone is good, because every time you do it you expand the zone a little further. This is crucial if you want to lead an adventurous life you love. However, sometimes getting out of your comfort zone turns to shit. Literally.
Coastrek Beach
To each and every one of the 25,000 Coastrekkers who have taken the challenge over the past 10 years, I’d like to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Together we’ve made real and lasting difference, not just to the health and happiness of tens of thousands of Aussie women, but also to the lives of the hundreds of thousands of people who have had their sight restored as a direct result of our fundraising efforts.
If you're tired of 'falling off the wagon' when it comes to your health, you’re not alone. It’s can be hard to commit to an exercise routine and healthy diet, especially when you see it as a chore. But it doesn't have to be.
You’ll love these delicious bliss bars, 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.
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.
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?
Happy Feet
This is probably one of the post 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.
What to pack
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.
Alpamayo gear
"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.
Wild Blue Labyrinth
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.
Fearlessness comes from facing fear frequently. Whenever you feel sad, bad, or mad you have an opportunity to change your mind.