2017 – A Year of Adventure in Review
Before we hang up the hiking boots for a much needed break… wait what? A break from adventure? Who are we kidding!
It’s the time of year we get out our kayaks, hike mountains and relax in the ocean. This is our way to clock off for Christmas and we know you are too, so now is our chance to say thank you, everyone, for being part of a great 2017.
It’s been an incredible year… one where we’ve seen ideas come to life, new adventures emerge, brilliant leaders join and friendships form. We have seen life changing experiences and had a lot of fun.
Just over twelve months have passed since we hosted our first Blue Mountains Hiking Weekend – our first of many trips that sparked ideas for the additional 45 adventures held in 2017.
And now we’re ready to get started again for a big 2018.
But before we clock off for a couple of weeks, this is our chance to say thank you for being part of our women’s adventure community.
Thank you to our community – to every single one of who has attended a trip with us and those who support the vision of Women Want Adventure to empower, inspire and connect women through outdoor adventure.
Thank you to the incredible leaders in our Team. Tracy Gibson, Andrea Whitelaw and Allie Pepper. Our Team have worked hard to create and host trips that are professional, supportive and an enjoyable experience.
Thank you to our supporting brands The North Face, Ice Breaker, Paddy Pallin, Sea Kayak Jervis Bay, Kangaroo Valley Safaris and Rainbird Clothing… who share out determination to drive female experiences in the outdoors, up-skill and equip women.
And most of all thank you to our special members who have gone far and beyond to help on trips and offer endless support – Ruth Conroy, Karen Blackstock, Helen Squires, Rachel Hyde, Deb Mastello, Lyn Farmer, Emily Boon, Tamara Ferrier and so many more fabulous ladies.
Here is a glimpse of what you’ve been a part of…
1) At the start of 2017 we kicked off with Kangaroo Valley kayaking down little rapids, we hiked in the Royal National Park.
2) The community grew with Meet Ups, overnight canoeing, Blue Mountains weekends, sea kayak trips and a snow trip to Perisher.
3) Since hosting the Meet Up in August we started to shift into bigger trips such as the Larapinta, New Zealand and Whale Shark diving in Western Australia. This will bring us into a year of tailored trips as we listen to requests and always come back to a community focus for every trip.
4) This year we have grown into Australia’s leading women’s adventure community who actively “get out there” and do. We do the hikes, we do the kayaking, we do the adventures to get you outside!
5) Part of what makes us special is we work hard to apply with industry norms, get approval for National Park licensing, Eco Passes and apply with cultural and Leave No Trace principles. This made us unique in 2017 as an adventure community with the ability to run trips professionally and abiding by licensing regulations.
6) To finish the year we sent sailing, kayaking and had a fabulous time. There was always a lot of laughs on our trips.
None of this would have been possible without our lovely members and the support of an entire network of ladies who understand the importance to belonging to a group where you are valued and always welcomed.
What can you expect to see in 2018?
January - we are going canyoning and sea kayaking.
February- we have a women’s beginner rock climbing day, canyoning and our biggest Bendalong Camping Weekend. We are also hosting a Wilderness First Aid Course.
March – the cooler months are back and day hikes will be announced for National Parks across NSW.
April – We fly overseas to trek in New Zealand, sea kayaking and additional day trips in Kiama and the Blue Mountains.
May – Overnight canoeing trips and additional hikes.
June – Our biggest month of 2x Larapinta Treks, Western Australia Whale Shark Camping and diving trip (6 places open still ladies!)
July – Hikes hikes and more hikes for the winter months
August – We ht the slopes for a Perisher snow weekend
September – Overnight camping, Blue Mountains Megalong Weekends and lots more in store for new adventures in different states. Trip to the Flinders Rangers.
October – Rock Climbing is back, Overnight Hiking, Kangaoo Valley Kayaking
November – Back to New Zealand. We are announcing another New Zealand Trek (this one is a little harder with overnight hiking and getting Jet boats back to the start location… yes, we are planning something really fun)
December – End of year sailing, sea kayaking and our Christmas Hike.
And of course... expect to see a lot of Anzac biscuits!
This is a very brief over view of what in is store. We hope to see you on a trip! As the New Year rolls around the above trips will start to go live on the website for bookings.
Have a wonderful Christmas everyone and thank you for a great year.