There is a new narrative out there, when it comes to adventure. It's one of diversity, passion, triumph, and change and that is a reason to celebrate being an outdoor woman in Australia!
On a wet, misty day in the Blue Mountains, a woman in a wheelchair and a young boy are suspended off the side of a cliff. The woman is Sarah-Jane Staszak, and the boy is her eight-year-old son, Hamish. With them are two photographers, and a host of volunteers organising the rope rigging, lighting systems, cameras.
Some people like the freedom of running alone. Others need the accountability of going with a friend. Some prefer the motivation of a group. And then there are those who are lucky enough to be able to run with their partner.
My children are my teachers. They greet each day with wonder, openness and love. Quill opens her eyes most mornings, sees me in the bed and sighs, "hmm-mumma". She says it like she feels it; the word thick with the love.
There is always a certain anticipation in the preparation leading up to a big trip. Making sure you have the right equipment, mapping out your journey and reading travel guide after travel guide in the singular hope that it will capture a sense of reality to where ever it is that you are going.
Her stellar swimming career saw her reach world #1 in her freestyle events bringing home medals from Olympics, World Championships, and Commonwealth Games. Elka filled us in on her journey thus far.
Riding through Sydney one Friday morning, I started chatting with Kate. It was her bike-a-versary, she told me, a year since she had started riding. I looked around the group that surrounded us, a group that had become synonymous with Friday mornings. Everyone had a unique story that brought them to these roads. But unlike other bunches this one was made up entirely of women.
When an injury dashed her Olympic dreams, she spent the next 20 years in mourning - searching for the exhilaration and happiness she had enjoyed as an active kid. On the precipice of turning 40 she stumbled upon a marvel which transformed her life. Meet the woman behind Wild Women on Top and Coastrek
Exploring the outdoors with my kids is a fairly new phenomena, it's not really a surprise that they are only just warming to the idea. In theory they are keen, in practice there is an awful lot of complaining, so much in fact that at one stage I contemplated ducking off the track and disappearing into the wilderness never to be seen again.
Modern lifestyles are full of stressors and balancing daily responsibilities with our competing desires for health, adventure and playfulness is a fine balance. Whilst juggling the balls, it is easy to find oneself continuously running away from the tiger, to the detriment of our health, femininity and energy.