harrogate
thursday 1 march

Ashville College

TICKETS: £15 | Under 25s & Students £10
DOORS: 6pm | START: 6.30pm

 

Book your place and join us for a one-of-a-kind evening celebrating exploration of some of the wildest places on earth. For our Harrogate tour date we have two incredible speakers lined up: Ben Page and Mollie Hughes.

Adventurer and filmmaker Ben Page will share captivating tales from his global biking odyssey – in 2014 Ben left Yorkshire for the southernmost point of South America to undertake a very long bike ride home. Over three years the journey took him across five continents, through desert heat and arctic chill, across snow capped mountains and through dense forests.

Mollie Hughes 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. In 2017 Mollie became the youngest woman in the world to summit Everest from both the north and south sides. 

As well as hearing from Ben and Mollie, we'll also be showing a selection of our favourite films from Kendal Mountain Festival 2017 – from flying above the Azores to freediving with Orcas, from skateboarding across Colarado to swimming in the wild ocean – you'll be taken on a journey you'll never forget!

 

Ben Page

Mollie Hughes

Sarah Outen

Back in 2014, aged 22, Ben Page, a mid-twenties guy from the rolling hills of West Yorkshire set off from the southernmost point of South America to undertake a very long bike ride back home. Over three years the journey will took him across five continents, passing through desert heat and arctic chill, across snow capped mountains and through dense forests.

His Another Horizon website charts his journey, bringing together the photos that he takes, videos that he makes and the stories that unravel.

Ben says, "I've been fortunate enough in the past to have been able to travel widely which has fuelled my appetite for further adventure, and what better time than straight from university when supposedly the world is at my fingertips! Through three student years of scrimping, saving and mine-sweeping I've managed to save up £9,000 to fund this adventure, yet, little enough to ensure that I have no chance of succumbing to a few luxuries along the way. I love bike touring for its pure simplicity - one can wake up in the morning, put all their earthly belongings on the back of their bike and away they cycle into yet another horizon. Its a truly nomadic existence. I firmly believe that there is no better way to explore, feel and immerse yourself in a landscape and culture than through bike touring. Vistas really do look all the brighter through sweat covered eyes and panting of breath. Not only do the landscapes become enhanced but bike touring acts as a perfect social leveller and the opportunities and invitations that develop through this are priceless."

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On the 19th May 2012 Mollie became one of the youngest British climbers to stand on top of the world when she summited Mount Everest from the South side, at the age of just 21.

On Tuesday 16th May 2017, at 4:45am, Mollie Hughes successfully reached the summit of Mount Everest from the North side.

Achieving this feat at the age of 26 made Mollie the youngest woman in the world and the first English woman 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.


Soothill Hall – Ashville College

Green Lane, Harrogate, HG2 9JP