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Mollie Hughes – the world’s youngest woman to summit both sides of Mount Everest

2018 Association of Scottish Business Women ‘Woman of Inspiration’ Award Winner


Mollie Hughes is a one woman phenomenon.  Not many of us can claim to have received a personalised message from Sir Ranulph Fiennes, but then again, not many of us, indeed, probably none, can claim to having summited both sides of Mount Everest by the age of 26.  Not so for Mollie Hughes, the Edinburgh based mountaineer, adventurer and motivational speaker.

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 at the age of 21.  Achieving this feat made her the youngest woman in the world and the first English woman, aged 26, to successfully summit from both the north and south sides of the world’s highest mountain.

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 she 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, with Scotland proving to be an ideal training ground for her adventures.

Mollie will share with us her insightful and inspiring stories exploring her experiences and her unique approach to life.  In her world, anyone can achieve absolutely anything with the right mix of determination, self-belief and team work and she is making it her mission to empower people to feel the same.

Click HERE to watch a short documentary film in which Mollie shares some of her experiences which are sure to motivate you for hearing her on the 17th of May.

“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