The Mountaineering Talks
Where: Ellis Brigham Covent Garden, London
When: Thursday 27th June 2013, 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Summer 2012 was a busy time for two of our ambitious and adventurous members of staff. Mollie Hughes became one of the youngest British climbers to summit Everest aged only 21 and Malgosia Skowronska laid claim to a number of unexplored peaks in Afghanistan.
In these two talks both women will discuss their expeditions, what they learned from the adventure and the challenges they faced and the plans for the future when they will head to Kashmir to explore and climb virgin peaks in the Siachen glacier area of Jammu & Kashmir, India.
About Secret Peaks
In the summer of 2012 a group of mountaineers from Afghanistan's Secret Peaks project travelled to the Wakhan Corridor in north-eastern Afghanistan in order to climb in previously unexplored valleys. The main aim of the expedition was to raise positive awareness about Afghanistan, its natural environment, culture and people. The month-long expedition enabled us to discover not only the beauty of this extremely remote region but also the fragility of the mountain ecosystem and the vulnerability of local communities who are living in this harsh and unpredictable environment.
Malgosia Skowronska, who led the project, will be talking about the team's journey through mountain regions of Tajikistan and Afghanistan, through cultures of Tajik, Wakhi and Kirgiz people. Her talk will include reflections on the implications of tourism development for sustainable development of the region.
About Mollie's Everest Expedition
In May 2012 Mollie became one of the youngest British climbers to summit Mount Everest at the age of 21. After 12 months of rigorous training, 2 months living in the harsh mountain environment and 18 hours climbing in the oxygen less world above 8,000m Mollie completed her challenge. She now has a very exciting story to tell- Mollie will explore the challenges she faced during her climb and describe just what it takes to reach the top of the world.