Adventurer and mountaineer

Holly Budge is a British adventurer, mountaineer and public speaker, having just returned from the roof of the world, successfully summiting Everest on May 22nd 2017. She documented her entire expedition on social media, using hashtag #everesteveryday, giving an intimate insight into the world of big mountain climbing and posted a photo directly from the summit. 


Her passion for adventure is evident with two world records under her belt so far, including being the first woman to skydive Everest and on another expedition, racing semi-wild horses 1000 kms across Mongolia in just 9 days.  She works as a big mountain expedition leader and last year successfully led the ‘Summit Climb 2016 Expedition’ on the technical Ama Dablam (6812m), Nepal. She is leading this expedition again this October.


Other climbing achievements include summiting Cho-Oyu (8201m), Baruntse (7129m) and snowboarding from the summit of Mera Peak (6476m) in Nepal. More recently, she made a successful first ascent in the Mongolian Altai Mountains. Holly has raised over £300k for a diverse range of charities through her adventures, including for her own award-winning charity ‘How Many Elephants’.


Holly feels strongly about the capability, yet lack of women on the mountains. It is statistically a male-dominated arena and Holly is only too happy to champion the endurance potential of women. The higher the mountains go, generally the less women that are on them. Her vision is to empower and motivate others to daydream, meander, run, climb and jump into their own adventures of self-discovery, and in doing so, learn that with self-belief, determination and resilience, even the biggest of challenges can be overcome.


Holly is an energetic and engaging motivational speaker who talks passionately about her diverse achievements in the outdoors. Her message is simple: Think Big, Dream Bigger.

Past Speaking Engagements


Lord Wandsworth College
Explorers Connect
Wilderness Lectures
Tales of Adventure

Nationwide UK  Speaking Tour



We are all born with no sense of what we can or can’t do. Life can teach us to limit our self-belief BUT we need to let our imaginations fly high and surround ourselves with like-minded others.




It’s not so much about what happens to you but how you deal with it. YOU are in control of your mindset and you decide how you feel. This is one of the only things we truly do have control of.



On a mountain face good decision making could be the difference between your life and your death. It is important to back yourself to make good solid decisions in the outdoors and in life.



  • Mount Everest Summiteer 2017 #EverestEveryday

  • First Woman to Skydive Mount Everest

  • Raced 1000kms across Mongolia on horseback in 9 days

  • First ascent of Mount Zuchi in the Altai Mountains

  • Founder of award-winning charity, How Many Elephants


Holly is an inspiration to our students and great ambassador for meaningful change. Her passion and unwavering commitment ensure that she consistently overcomes challenges and exceeds expectations.” 


Dr Tom Ainsworth, Course Leader MA Sustainable Design, University of Brighton.

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