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Marlette Hegyi (Molly)

  • City: Gauteng
  • Servicing Area: Nationwide
  • Email Address: speakers@eventsource.co.za
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  • Listed: October 19, 2015 2:09 pm
Marlette Hegyi (Molly)


Speaker, Adventurer, Extreme Athlete, Mountaineer and passionate foodie

(known by many as “Molly”) is a professional speaker with a passion for inspiring people to Live Resiliently and Fearlessly Achieve Goals.


Speaker, Adventurer, Extreme Athlete, Mountaineer and passionate foodie

(known by many as “Molly”) is a professional speaker with a passion for inspiring people to Live Resiliently and Fearlessly Achieve Goals.

“She engages others with absolute clarity in her thinking and motivates them to believe that what she says is valuable and true.”(Sean Wisedale)

For the past decade, Mollyhas dedicated herself to pursuing her goal of climbing the 7 summits–the highest mountain on each continent. Her story will invigorate all to have courage in achieving what they are afraid to do, and see how an ordinary person can achieve extraordinary things. She has inspired corporates, sports teams and large groups of men and women with her high altitude experiences.

To date she has climbed 4 of the 7 summits, and this year during her second visit to Everest Base Camp, Molly survived the earthquake and avalanche when she and her team where there to climb the world’s highest mountain.

“Pragmatic, progressive and persevering are the best words to describe her attitude”(Sean Wisedale)

What to expect

Apart from the inspiring stories of high-altitude adventures, Molly speaks from her experiences of Living with Resilience and Fearlessly Achieving Goals. She offers practical insight on team dynamics like commitment, team work, leadership, followership and her memorable Strategic STEPS to Summit.

Warm, open and humorous best describe her personality.”(Sean Wisedale)

When not climbing or working, Marlette rides mountain bikes and dirt bikes, and also enjoys quiet time with her family (including her two Jack Russels, Babu and Kutja).


New Adventure

A new summit for Marlette

One minute Marlette Hegyi, her brother and two friends were on a road trip through Africa and the next they were climbing the highest freestanding mountain in the world, Mount Kilimanjaro. Get It found out what took her to the top of the mountain and how she is preparing for Mount Everest.

“During my childhood years, we stayed in Uvongo. Although I was a coastal girl, I remember that when we travelled as a family I would always take a walk up the highest point I could see. My life was quite influenced by my older brothers. Jan was the more adventurous one, he travelled a lot and would come home with gifts for us and photos of all the places he’d been to.

“During February 2000 me, Jan and two of his friends decided to take a three-week trip through Africa. Our goal was to drive up as far as we could. We have managed to travel through Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi and Zanzibar. When we reached Tanzania, we still had some days of the holiday left so we decided to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

“We were totally unprepared, had done no training,and had never been on a mountain before, we had no gear, but we had guts! So we hired clothes and guides and climbed Kili up and down in four days, which is pretty quick. It was the start of climbing for me, standing on the summit of the highest mountain in Africa made me realise what could be accomplished if you put your mind to it… and a passion was born.

“If it wasn’t that by total chance I climbed it, I don’t know if I ever would have created the opportunity to climb a mountain. I would probably have thought that it was a realm in which ‘other’ people live. I can say with all honesty that to do something like this is within the reach of anyone and it’s an experience that helps you not only to grow as an individual, but also teaches you more about yourself.

“I can proudly say that since that day I have been climbing non-stop for the last four years. I have been on four climbs since 2010. In August 2010 we climbed the 5642m Mount Elbrus in Russia. This was only five months after my knee surgery.
“In February 2013 we attempted Aconcagua (the highest in South America – Argentina at 6962m), but bad weather turned our team back. We returned in January 2014 and summited.

“In May 2014 we climbed Denali, North America’s highest mountain at 6192m in extreme cold and harsh weather.”

Preparing for Everest
“At the moment I am preparing for Mount Everest, which we will climb during March. We are a small team of climbers and I will once again climb with Sean Wisedale and my climbing partner, Wilmien.

“I’m very active and train about six days a week. I’m an avid mountain biker so that keeps me fit – I ride at Rietvlei and Thaba trails very often. I also do body conditioning training, which includes lots of push-ups, jumping through tyres, squats and lunges. The weight training I do requires lots of repititions to build endurance in the muscles.

“For Denali I started dragging a tyre around my neighbourhood with a backpack on my back. I get some strange looks, but it makes one strong. It was necessary, because we dragged sleds up Denali.

“One has to be very strong physically and mentally to climb, and any training that conditions your body is good. For Everest I’ve been including a four to six hour training session once a week with a backpack on my back at Thaba trails.”

Your best and worst experience
“My best experience was actually Everest Base Camp in 2003. Sixteen days in the Himalayas was a really beautiful experience – you’re surrounded by the highest mountains on earth every day and the beauty is breath-taking. I’m really looking forward to going back there. “Aconcagua last year was also amazing; we had an amazing team who worked well together and bonds of friendship were formed. Since then Wilmien and I have been climbing together.

“My worst experience was probably the 16-hour day on Denali. It was on day 12 of relentless days of climbing, really bad weather (-40 degrees Celsius) and long days and hours of rigorous climbing with very little food and water. I was physically and mentally exhausted and the day just never seemed to end. We left high camp at 23:00 the night after summiting (summit day was 14.5 hours) and walked 16 hours straight. I discovered I had frostbite on one of my fingers and the heat in the white expanse was something terrible! What felt like an endless trudge however did come to an end… and we flew off the mountain late in the afternoon.”

What do you always take with on your summits and why?
“I always take my camera, even though it’s a heavy SLR, because nothing else captures the memories quite like a photograph and my DRIFT camera for the video. I almost always have a chocolate in my jacket somewhere – I ate a Lindor ball on the summit of Aconcagua as my celebration!”


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