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.

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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

Coastrek
trek training
1. When you have new boots, or if they’re tight around the joints, consider lacing from second eyelet to give more room for feet to spread. 2. For endurance trekking, where you don’t want to stop for food, use a front bum bag so you can nibble on high carb foods continuously as you walk.
team
Don’t you love to hate those women who always rock up to school pick-up looking like they just stepped off the cover of Women’s Health? Or the ones who prance around the playground equipment in Lorna Jane’s latest mini and boob tube looking as confident as Cleopatra after a conquest.
Woman in nature
I hate going to the gym. There. I’ve said it. I hate the pain, the boredom, the smell of sweat, the suffering and the burning feeling in my heart, head, lungs and legs. But … I also hate the feeling that comes when I run fast up the stairs; try to keep up with my son on a bike; or sprint after a ball in the soft sand. But what if there was a kind of exercise that IS fun? What if you could find something that’s fun DURING as well as after the event?
Girls Play in Peru
Di Westaway's top weird walking tips to help you have more fun!
Di Splits
Last week I had a lovely surprise.
I’ve been setting big hairy audacious goals since before I knew what they were. When I was 12 years old, I decided I wanted to become the Australian National Gymnastics champion.
I discovered trekking 15 years ago, as a 40 year old mum who needed to get out of the house.
The following Blue Zone Secrets to live longer, healthier and happier are all key factors of the Wild Women On Top community!
Kinabalu Di Bella
With boys it’s a grunt. With girls it can be hysteria or brooding silence. Teens can be challenging at the best of times, and downright torture at the worst. They can tear at your heart strings and tie your stomach in knots. Eight years ago, I discovered a secret.
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It’s become more than a daily battle. During the week, round one starts the minute he walks in the door from after-school tennis.On the weekends its even more intense. Almost every waking hour, every time I think about what he’s up to. With so many devices able to be hidden in his room, I don’t know how to cope.
Di Yoga
I’m from the generation that climbed trees, did cartwheels on the nature strip for hours and rode bikes till dark. But now, for the first time in my life, I’m stuck, actually stuck, at a desk for 8 hours a day.
Fraser swim
Di Westaway: I’ve done a bit of nudie frolicking in wilderness locations including the odd mountain summit...
Di Jump
For the first time in ten years, nothing hurts. For the past decade, I have always had something to complain about; something a little broken. An ache or pain somewhere, a little niggle which forced me to modify my activities. This is how I fixed it.
Mornington Microadventures
I’m awoken from my dreams by a cool drop of water to the temple and I pull the sheet up around me and wonder why I’m suddenly freezing...
Nepal Temple
We've all watched on in horror over the past week as the true magnitude of the Nepal Earthquake has unfolded before our eyes. After checking on friends and loved ones in the area, including our own Everest Base Camp and Bhutan teams, we've turned our attention to what now? The powerful images and our desire to help when we see them is quickly consumed in the next daily challenge at home… how easily we forget.
Blue Mountains group
After an awesome day rock climbing in the Wolgan Valley in the Blue Mountains a couple of years ago, I was woken from my slumber by the most intense itching ever.
Di Altitude Tent
I slept in an altitude tent for five weeks. This is what happened.

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