Everest from both sides - First British woman

by Mollie_Hughes in Edinburgh

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In April 2016, Mollie Hughes plans to return to Mount Everest and become the First British Woman to summit from both sides.

by Mollie_Hughes in Edinburgh

In April 2016, Mollie Hughes plans to return to Mount Everest and become the First British Woman to summit from both sides.

In 2012 Mollie became one of the youngest British climbers to summit Mount Everest at the age of just 21. Mollie climbed from Nepal on the south side of the mountain. In Spring 2016 Mollie is planning to return to Mount Everest to attempt to summit from the North side via Tibet.

No British Woman has yet climbed Mount Everest from both of these routes. Therefore, if Mollie is successful in 2016 she will become the first British woman to climb Everest from both sides and also the youngest non Sherpa at the age of just 25. 

With your help we need to raise £30,000 to make this goal a reality, help Mollie achieve this record and be part of something special by supporting her mission. 

The Mission

In April 2016 Mollie will travel from her home in Edinburgh to Kathmandu, Nepal. From here she will travel overland through Tibet and finally reach Mount Everest basecamp. This is where the challenge will really begin. Over the course of six weeks Mollie will acclimatise on the mountain, this involves travelling to high camps and back down to basecamp again. This process is essential to get her body used to the reduced levels of oxygen on the mountain. When the weather is stable enough and Mollie is acclimatised she will make her summit attempt, leaving basecamp and spending up to seven days on the mountain fighting cold, altitude and exhaustion to achieve her goal. 

Climbing Mount Everest from the North will follow the same route that George Mallory and Sandy Irvine attempted before dissappearing close to the summit in 1924. Summiting Everest from the North will present Mollie with many different challenges to the south route. The north route is significantly colder and windier than the south side of the mountain and when climbing from the north Mollie will have to spend more time above 8,000m in what is know as the 'death zone', an altitude so high, life cannot survive for long.

Mollie Hughes

Mollie was born in London in 1990 but grew up on the South coast of Devon, in the small seaside town of Paignton. Growing up in such an outdoorsy place Mollie's passion for adventure grew. At the age of 17 she took part in a school expedition to climb Mount Kenya in East Africa. Mollie quickly became hooked on mountaineering and knew from then that this was going to be something she would do for the rest of her life. 

Throughout the remainder of school and university Mollie would save up as much money as possible in the term time by working part time jobs along side her studies. Then, during the summer months, Mollie would head off on an expedition to far flung mountain ranges across the world. Mollie has been lucky enough to climb in the Himalayas of India and Nepal, the Andes of South America, the Atlas mountains of North Africa and closer to home in the European Alps and the mountains of the UK. 

Mollie's Everest ambitions materialised when she was in her final year at unversity. Mollie wrote her dissertation on 'the Psychological experience of climbing Mount Everest'. For this project Mollie interviewed seven climbers who had all sucessfully summited Mount Everest. Mollie looked at their motivation, their ability to control fear, their self-belief and the psychological pressure they faced. It must have only been half way through the first interview that Mollie decided that she didn't want to just write about this mountain, she wanted to climb it for herself. Mollie spent the next 12 months sponsorship hunting, climbing and training. Mollie eventually reached the summit of Mount Everest at 8am on the 19th May 2012.


                                                  "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


Media appeal 

Mollie’s 2012 Mount Everest expedition attracted international coverage; articles were published The Telegraph, The Sun, The Guardian, The Daily Mail and The Scotman along with the Times of India, The Himalayan voice and Nepal news. Regional news also heavily covered Mollie’s story, she was interviewed for the Bristol Post, The Western morning news and the London Metro.

Mollie also appeared in many popular magazines; mountaineering related magazines, such as Trek and Mountain magazine, Adventure travel magazine, Outside Times and The BMC’s Summit magazine as well as non mountaineering classics such as Stylist magazine and Country Life where Mollie was March 2012 girl of the Frontis page.Since 2012 Mollie has become one of the BBC’s mountaineering expert and has appeared Live on BBC The One Show and frequently gets invited onto BBC Radio 4, BBC Five live, BBC world service.

Mollie also has a large social media following where she shares not only expedition news but training knowledge, public speaking engagements, relevant news articles and the kit she uses in the mountains.


Help us make history

Mollie is still without a headline sponsor for Everest 2016. Therefore, she really needs you to believe in this project, share her infectious passion and pledge your support. 

Women are still so greatly underrepresented in adventure and outdoor sports. Completeing this challenge will enable Mollie to inspire women across the UK that they too, can achieve their wildest ambitions. 

If you are passionate about mountaineering, have a lust for adventure or hope to see women represented more equally in sport. Help Mollie achieve her goal and be part of something big, 8848m big!


The Rewards

Mollie so greatly appreciates every single pound you pledge. Therefore, she has set up some exciting and exclusive rewards for your kind contributions. Mollie hopes this will help you become an even bigger part of her Mount Everest 2016 expedition.                

























*Summiting Mount Everest is extremely hazardous. Safety for Mollie and her team will be the overriding consideration when deciding whether or not to make a summit bid. Consequently any rewards which involve summiting cannot be guaranteed.





This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

A personalised thank you on Mollie's social media channels!

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Raffle entry! - You will be entered into a raffle for your chance to win a £200 voucher for the leading outdoor retailer Tiso! This will be available to use in store and online www.tiso.com *You will receive a raffle ticket which I will email you a photo of, the draw will be on the 15th December 2015 (just in time for xmas!)

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Signed Poster *PLUS raffle entry! : Exclusive, personalised signed poster of Mollie on Mount Everest delivered to your door! You will also be entered into a raffle for your chance to win a £200 voucher for the leading outdoor retailer Tiso!

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Your name at basecamp! *PLUS raffle entry! *PLUS signed poster! : Get your name (or your schools name, company name, child's name, favourite pets name...) on the basecamp banner! A photo will be provided PLUS signed poster. PLUS You will be entered into a raffle for your chance to win a £200 voucher for the leading outdoor retailer Tiso!

£200 or more

£200 Reward

Your name on Top of the World! *PLUS raffle entry! *PLUS signed poster : Get your name (or your schools name, company name, child's name, favourite pets name...) on the summit banner! A photo will be provided PLUS signed poster. PLUS You will be entered into a raffle for your chance to win a £200 voucher for the leading outdoor retailer Tiso!

£350 or more

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£350 Reward

Learn to ice climb with Mollie Hughes in Central London! A one to one ice climbing lesson delivered by Mollie at Vertical Chill - Real Indoor Ice Climbing, located at Ellis-Brigham in Covent Garden. All gear and tuition will be provided and lesson will last for one hour. *This is a limited reward, only 5 available, so book quickly to avoid disappointment.

£1,000 or more

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£1,000 Reward

Motivational presentation PLUS *Name on Top of the World!: On return from Mount Everest, Mollie will visit your school, company or organisation to give a motivational presentation about her experiences on Mount Everest. You will also get your organisation name/logo on the summit banner!

£3,000 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£3,000 Reward

Exclusive Bronze level benefits for your organisations : -Get your school, company or organisations logo and description on Mollie's website (www.molliehughes.co.uk). -Get a picture from the summit of Everest with your company logo and name on an exclusive summit banner. -Your organisation will be advertised on Mollie's social media, in the run up to and during the expedition. -You will receive a series of photos of your logo on Mount Everest. -You will recieve a motivational presentation for your organisation on Mollie's return.

£10,000 or more

0 of 3 claimed

£10,000 Reward

Exclusive Silver level benefits for your organisation: - -Your company, school or organisations logo will appear on expedition clothing. -A section of Mollie's website (www.molliehughes.co.uk) will advertise your organisation. -A exclusive picture on the summit of Mount Everest will be taken with your company name and logo. -Your organisation will be advertised on Mollie's social media weekly throughout the expedition. -Your organisation will be mentioned in some press releases and interviews regarding the expedition. -On return from Everest Mollie is offering your company 2 X motivational presentations.

£30,000 or more

£30,000 Reward

Exclusive Gold level benefits for your organisation: - -Named event - e.g, 'Company name' Everest expedition 2016 -Media rights to the expedition - Your company will be mentioned in press releases and media interviews concerning the expedition. -Pictures and video footage on the summit of Mount Everest and throughout the expedition with your company logo. -Your company will be advertised in prime position on every page of the expedition website (www.molliehughes.co.uk). -Your company logo will appear on Mollie's clothing, rucksack and tent. -Your company will be mentioned bi-weekly in all expedition social media. -On return from Everest Mollie is offering to visit your company for 4x motivational presentations and workshops for your staff and customers.

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