Wild Women on Top (WWOT) is all about trekking, adventures, nature and more importantly being healthy and happy. Since 2002, WWOT has inspired a number of women (and men) to take those few extra steps, to get fit and healthy, participate in trekking expeditions and raise money for a worthy cause.
Di Westaway and the lovely team at WWOT organised a hike (only 5K) at the Royal Botanical Gardens. The hike was joined by some of the patrons and ambassadors of WWOT and some enthusiasts like moi, who wanted to experience the hike and also chat to the group on what makes WWOT so special. The hike was a little teaser to what one could expect at their adventure hikes or perhaps the Coastrek.
Views of the Opera House from within the Royal Botanical Gardens
Di Westaway has an infectious energy about her. At the time I met her, she had just returned from a Tasmanian sea pillar climbing adventure, where she conquered Cape Hauy. Just hearing about her climbs is awe-inspiring and made me want to do more with whatever was left of the day. Di and the team at WWOT are really passionate about hiking, staying fit and healthy and enjoying the nature that we have all around us.
With views as beautiful as the ones I saw during the hike at the Royal Botanical Gardens, I can only imagine what the trekking adventures would unfold. The Coastrek challenge promises unprecedented views of the beautiful coast, many of which would have been hidden from the casual beachgoer. Getting out there in between nature does have a healing effect and definitely enhances the mundane daily routine. The Sydney Coastrek event offers 30km and 60km treks starting at Manly in Sydney all the way to Bondi. Groups of 4 can register as teams (with at least 50% women) and train for the challenge ahead. The teams then raise money for the Fred Hollows Foundation, which is doing exceptional work to restore eyesight.
With a large number of supporters and patrons, the team at WWOT wants to inspire everyone to take charge of their health and fitness and get out there in between nature. Get involved with these amazing women and give your life the boost it needs. At the end of the hike, Di left the group with one word to ponder about, 'wanderlust'. While the dictionary meaning is a strong desire to wander and travel the world, it could have a broader scope. For me, it meant that if you can constantly find the wanderlust part of your brain, it can function as the mantra to get you out there more, achieve more and feel more of the positive energy flow through.