Make History with Mollie Hughes - Antarctica 2019

In November 2019 I am setting off on my biggest expedition to date! I will be skiing from the coast of Antarctica all the way to the South Pole; solo and unsupported. When I reach the South Pole, I will become the youngest woman in history to achieve this.

The Mission

To achieve my goal I must ski alone and unsupported across 702 miles of the world’s largest desert and most unforgiving terrain. It is an immense physical and mental challenge.
After leaving the south-west margins of the Ronne Ice Shelf, I must successfully negotiate obstacles like crevasse fields and 6ft high wind formed waves of snow.
My mental reserves and progress will be further tested by the need to haul my 90kg sled into a bone-chilling headwind in temperatures of minus 50C (three times lower than inside a domestic home freezer). My only companions will be the wind, endless snowfields and a selection of audio books and music!

Fundraising

I am also using this expedition to help raise funds and awareness for causes that are close to my heart. Cancer affects almost every family including my own so I’m keen to do everything I can to support vital research to develop better treatments for cancer. I will be raising funds for Cancer Research UK and you can donate through this dedicated page. #MollieCRUKSouthPoleTrek

I will also be fundraising for the incredible Scottish children’s charity – The Polar Academy – which I support as a Guide. The Polar Academy identifies ‘invisible’ 14-17 years old secondary school children, crushed by a lack of self-esteem and gives them the chance to redefine their physical and mental limits. After a ten-month training programme they are immersed in the wilds of Greenland, navigating through some of the world’s remotest terrain for ten days. On their return, each pupil shares their experiences with their peer groups, speaking to more than 20,000 school children in their region. You can donate via this dedicated JustGiving page.

Mountaineer

Mollie Hughes

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 her 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.

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Motivational Speaker

Mollie has a very exciting story to share. She is an highly experienced corporate and school motivational speaker. Mollie’s presentations are passionate, imaginative and tailor made for her specific audience. All presentations are backed up with exciting firsthand photographs and videos to make it feel as if you are climbing Everest alongside her!

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South Pole Expedition 2019

World Record Attempt! In November 2019, Mollie is taking on her most ambitious expedition to date. Mollie is set to become the youngest woman in the world to ski, solo and unsupported from the coast of Antarctica to the geographical South Pole.
This immense physical and mental challenge will see Mollie ski 702 miles of the world’s largest desert and most unforgiving terrain. Find out more here…

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TEDx YOUTH GLASGOW

In May 2018 Mollie was selected as a speaker to present at the Tedx Youth Glasgow event. This event was aimed at young people between the age of 12-26 and took place in Glasgow infront of a LIVE audience of 2,500 people.

Mollie's Ted talk delve's into the key factor she attributes to her success on both the north and south sides of Mount Everest, Resilience. Mollie believes that resilient people are not born resilient, they have practiced this skill and anyone can do it. Like anything, the younger we start practicing resilience, the better we become. Through Mollie’s journey to the top of the world, she highlights how the audience can unlock their resilience and practical ways to develop this key attribute to achieve our wildest ambitions.

“Mollie is a unique young lady with a genuine passion for adventure and achievement. I am proud to support her record attempt on Mount Everest and wish her every success on the mountain.”

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

What People Say

“Meeting Mollie was a privilege and listening to her is captivating. Her story is vivid, scary, full of risk and comes with inspiring lessons of courage, strength, compassion and huge success…”

Sandra Benn Virgin Money

“Mollie’s captivating story of her endeavours coupled with mesmerising footage has any audience spellbound. Mollie has the natural ability to take the qualities required to climb to the Roof of the World and make them resonate with audiences as varied as impressionable school children, to hard to impress business communities. Young or old, male or female long after Mollie has left the room she continues to inspire others if not to climb; then certainly to move mountains to achieve their dreams.”

Christine Connor Santander

“Mollie spoke at our kick off meeting in Barcelona for our entire European sales force. Mollie was part of a huge production whereby her story was used to motivate, inspire and prepare our sales representatives to ‘climb to the top in 2018’. Mollie was phenomenal and the effect she has had on our reps will inspire them for many years to come. Thank you Mollie for sharing your incredible and inspirational journey with us.”

Elizabeth Tunley Stryker

“Mollie has come to speak to a variety of our early career and young professional engineers. On each occasion she delivered an inspirational, thought provoking and challenging event which has led to great learning on team work, resilience, determination and humility which has gone on to deliver great value long after the event is over. Thank you.”

Madeline Cranfield CH2M

“Mollie’s talk to our Sixth Form was both inspiring and engaging. The girls were just spellbound by her story and most importantly, motivated. Her reflections on the qualities needed to fulfil personal dreams and ambitions chimed exactly with what we have been saying as a school for years but they believed her! They are still talking about it weeks later.”

Anita Bath Headteacher, Sacred Heart High School, Newcastle

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