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.
Mollie has an inspirational story to share and is renowned for giving powerful presentations to a wide variety of audiences, exploring her experiences of climbing the highest mountain in the world.
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 much time in the European Alps and of course the mountains of the UK.
In addition to her climbing and motivational speaking engagements, Mollie works with the outdoor adventure retail specialist Tiso Group who was her principal sponsor of the 2017 Everest expedition.
Mollie is also training to become an Arctic polar guide with the ground-breaking Scottish youth charity, The Polar Academy. She will be part of the charity’s 2019 expedition team guiding ten teenage pupils from Bathgate Academy in West Lothian on a 10-day expedition through Arctic Greenland.