Calling all Everest climbers

Everest climber

Calling all Everest climbers!

A qualitative exploration of the psychological experience of climbing Mount Everest.

Technique and ability alone do not get you to the top; it is the willpower that is the most important. This willpower you cannot buy with money or be given by rises from your heart’ – Junko Tabei 1975, the first woman to climb Everest.

I am a final year student at the University of the West of England studying psychology with sports biology. I have had a keen interest in mountain climbing since my first expedition to Mount Kenya when I was 17. Since then I have been lucky enough to be part of many expeditions including climbing in the Himalayas, the Andes, the high Atlas and east Africa. For my final year at University I have decided to incorporate this passion for mountains into my degree.

For my dissertation project this year I am investigating the psychological experience of climbing the highest mountain in the world.  Currently I am in the process of recruiting participants who have successfully summited Mount Everest to take part in my study.  Taking part in the study will involve an informal one to one interview with myself lasting no longer than an hour, these interviews can be conducted in person or online via Skype.

During the interview the participant’s personal psychological experience of their Everest climb will be explored. This could include the personal importance given to psychology, mental strategies used during the climb, psychological challenges faced and how they were overcome. This project will give climbers a chance to reflect on the highs and lows of their Everest expedition and potentially promote success of future climbs through recognition of these factors.

mollieIf this research project is of interest to you or you would like to participate please get in touch!
Mollie Hughes



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