On Tuesday 16th May 2017, at 4:45am, in temperatures of minus 35°C, Mollie Hughes successfully reached the summit of Mount Everest from the North side. This was Mollie’s second time standing on top of the world having already summited the South side of Everest in 2012.
Achieving this feat at the age of 26 made Mollie the youngest woman in the world and the first English woman to successfully summit from both the north and south sides of the world’s highest mountain. Join Mollie on Saturday 3rd March for an inspiring presentation and firsthand account of climbing Mount Everest from both the North and South routes.
Mollie first fell in love with the mountains at the age of 17 when she joined a school expedition to climb Mount Kenya.
Throughout the rest of school and university Mollie would save up as much money as I could in the year and then spend it all on an expedition over the summer. Mollie has climbed in the Indian Himalayas, the Nepalese Himalayas, Volcanos of Ecuador, North and East Africa and has spent time in the Alps and of course the mountains of Scotland. After the idea of climbing Everest came in Mollie’s final year at university. She was writing her dissertation in the area of sports psychology and thought if she had to write 10,000 words on a single subject she would have to make it an interesting one or this is going to be a struggle! So Mollie decided to investigate the ‘Psychological experience of climbing Mount Everest’.
For this project Mollie interviewed 7 climbers who had all summited Everest between the years of 2000-2010 and explored their Psychological experience on the mountain including areas such as motivation, self-belief, team work and controlling fear. It must have been half way through the first interview that Mollie had decided that Everest was something she needed to experience for myself. Mollie then spent the next 12 months training and sponsorship hunting to climb Everest and was lucky enough to reach the summit for the first time on the 19th May 2012 at the age of 21.
Mollie Hughes talk is sponsored by Tiso