Meet the Escapees is back – this week we meet Kristy Waddell, another of our dedicated volunteer hike leaders.
Who are you, where are you based, and what do you do for fun?
I’m a deep thinking, kindhearted and community-spirited mum of teenagers based in Gippsland at a little town called Seaview. I love to hang out with mates over a nice bottle of red, find places in the local environments around me to explore and travel to far off remote and culturally diverse places.
What are the top three biggest achievements in your life to date?
Hiking across the steppe in Mongolia would have to be right up there. Its a place I have wanted to go as long as I can remember and I did it for a month a few years ago. INCREDIBLE!
Discovering a passion for teaching inadvertently through vocational learning. I got to change the lives of many people, and since then I have discovered there is so much more I can do with this passion.
Having a crack at hiking the Australian Alps Walking Track, we didnt make it but I still consider this an achievement because without it I would not have learnt all I needed to, to have another go at it later this year possibly. We don’t need to finish to achieve.
What’s a random fact about you, that most people don’t know?
I once worked as a station hand. Seems random enough these days considering I’m not sure anyone would consider I ever did anything like this.
You are trapped on a desert island for a week with three people, living or dead. Who would you choose and why?
Mahatma Ghandi, as I think I would need the conversations this might offer. Robbie, who is my [late] brother …, he knew how to live and we would have so much to catch up on. Finally, my dog Nancy, she is a people!
What does being outdoors mean to you?
It provides clarity, a moment in time to feel small and insignificant but also part of something infinitely huge. An opportunity to connect to all species and find the balance that this brings.
Why did you become a volunteer hike leader? What’s the best part of being a hike leader?
I love that I can offer some of what my life has been driven by with others, my passion bounces from my chest at times and I can’t be without sharing this with others. If I can change one life, I have made a ripple that will travel for generations.
Where is your favourite place to hike?
My very favorite place locally would be Mt Baw Baw. I have explored many areas in the park and I think I will continue to do so. I’m continuously be in awe of how much beauty I have so close.
What’s your favourite piece of gear to hike with?
My compass, this means I’m forging my own trail and finding a path that I need to navigate, has many philosophical directions, but ultimately, its just fun!
Why would someone want to join one of your hikes?
I walk slow, I am always slow but this means I don’t miss much. This may be for reasons of fitness or of just finding a space to connect when you hike with me. I hope this would be the reason why anyway!
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