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06 Oct 2017
Mollie Hughes Visits St George’s

Mollie Hughes 250wOn 29 September 2017 the mountaineer Mollie Hughes visited our school.  Mollie is the youngest woman ever to climb Mount Everest from both the north side and the south side.  She gave us a presentation on her amazing expedition to the world’s highest mountain and told us about how she did it.

Climbing the mountain is extremely dangerous and many have died trying to get to the top. There are lots of steep rocks and ice and crevasses with perilous drops, but despite her fear of heights, Mollie Hughes still managed to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Mount Everest is 8,848 m high. She told us that the height is the equivalent of climbing Arthur’s Seat 38 times! It took six days for Mollie to get to the top of the mountain, and two days to get back down again so she spent more than a week coping with extreme temperatures (from 25 degrees by day to -25 degrees at night) and very challenging situations e.g. icefalls and glaciers. The 'Death Zone' (above 8,000m) is the most dangerous part of the mountain. No life can survive for long up there as there is very little oxygen. It is so high that it is close to breaking out of the Earth’s atmosphere. Mollie and her team had to wear oxygen masks and to get through it as quickly as possible. Also, because she had to spend most of her time climbing, she was extremely tired but she tried her best to think about getting to the top. She had to have a lot of self-belief and resilience.

Climbing Mount Everest takes a lot of training and before she climbed it for the first time in 2012, she had to train for 12 months. It taught us that you have to work hard to achieve your goals.

It was very special having Mollie come to the school because very few people have climbed Mount Everest. She has done something amazing which can inspire us all. It shows that we can do anything as long as we put our mind to it and try our best.

Iona and Isla, RP 

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