Mollie aims for record with Mount Everest climb attempt
A young woman from South Devon is to tackle Mount Everest to raise money for anti-poverty charity ActionAid.
Mollie Hughes, 20, is a Lifeguard at Waves Leisure Pool and she is currently undergoing rigorous training as she prepares to climb the 8,850m high mountain in 17 days time!! If she succeeds she will become the youngest British woman to ever climb Mount Everest.
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Mollie Hughes in training for her bid to become the youngest British woman to climb Mount Everest, raising money for ActionAid in the process
"Climbing Everest is not only a personal ambition of mine, but one that I hope to use to raise money and awareness of ActionAid," said Mollie.
Despite her age, Mollie has extensive experience in mountaineering, having climbed her first mountain, Mt Kenya, at the age of 17. She has since trekked throughout the world, from the Ladakh region of the Himalayas to the Andes in Ecuador and climbing Jebel Toubkal in Morocco and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
Having been exposed to poverty in many of these countries, she is now determined to raise as much money as possible to help bring aid to those suffering.
Facing high altitudes, adverse weather conditions and many physical risks, Mount Everest is no mean feat for Mollie. By the end of 2009 the mountain had claimed 216 lives, including eight who perished during a 1996 storm high on the mountain.
Mollie will, however, be in the safe hands of leading British expedition company Dream Guides and its founder, world-renowned mountain guide Kenton Cool. Mollie will not be the only member of the group aiming to break records, as Cool will be attempting to summit Everest for a record-breaking tenth time.
Before attempting Everest, Mollie has committed herself to a gruelling training schedule of tough physical training and a variety of warm up climbs, such as the climbing of Mont Blanc last year and Manaslu.
Acclaimed Exmoor-based adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who has pledged his support to Mollie's expedition, said: "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. I also wish her well in her efforts to raise money and awareness of ActionAid."