Girls Trekking Adventure co-founder Frith Graham knows the importance of country women giving themselves a break.
The all-women trekking agency, started by Frith and Lyn Morrison, caters for women who are in need of an entire mind, body and soul vacation.
Growing up on a cattle property in north west Queensland, Frith saw first hand the limited opportunities her mother had to catch up with other women. She understands the burdens placed on country women, especially in times of drought and difficult market conditions. The trekking holidays on offer with Girls Trekking Adventures are proving to be just the tonic that these women are craving. A total break, removed from mobile phone reception, surrounded by like-minded women, breathtaking scenery, a good day’s walk followed by a great meal and a comfortable bed does more for the state of mind than a holiday at the beach.
One of their return clients from Toowoomba, Cathy Costigan, is living proof of the benefits of taking a break and getting back into the wilderness. “Cathy is a gem. She’s like a perfect one of our ‘why I’m in the business’ clients. She was single and none of her friends wanted to try trekking, so she came on board and created a new group of friends through it,” says Frith.
“It’s a healthy, adventurous, somewhat decadent way of enjoying a holiday,” says Cathy, who is currently looking forward to her next trip at the end of March.
Girls Trekking Adventures is geared to take women of all fitness levels out of the mundane and into our very own, wonderful ‘back yard’ and beyond. Offering adventures that are worth training for, they are inspiring women from the country and city alike to pull on some hiking boots, get ‘hike ready’ through specialised exercise programs and get set to be inspired by the land.
In their first year of operation, Girls Trekking Adventures took two guided treks around Lamington National Park. 2015 marks their fifth year in business and through incredible word of mouth reviews and return clients, their growth has been rapid yet organic. This year, they have 24 trips planned, in Australia and overseas.
The best thing about this women’s only trekking is that Frith, Lyn and the team take all the guess work and worry of the trip away from clients. Preparing clients for the trek ahead is a big part of the service. Information evenings, personal shopping trips to kit you out with the right boots and gear and even specially designed exercise programs are just all part of the lead up. The confidence building and benefits of the holiday start well before the first day of the trek.
“We want to give women the mental health holiday they need and the inspiration they need to get fit,” says Frith. “They leave saying ‘I’ve got a goal; it’s non-competitive’ and come back saying how amazing the experience was.” The benefits of the trip do not end at farewell. A knock-on bonus is that like-minded women are coming together and forming friendships where they may not have had the chance otherwise.
Words Alice Thompson Images supplied by Girls Trekking Adventures