Marketing and Product Manager
Whilst studying economics in Hungary, I moved to London to find a job in 2006. I’ve been working in marketing for the last 13 years, and traveled the world. During my career, I was fortunate enough to organise an honouree ceremony for His Holiness the Dalai Lama (and shake his hands!). I do everything with passion, love, and I care about people.
In April 2014 I set a challenge to climb the highest mountain on each continent, the ‘7 summits’. Reaching the summit of Everest on the 18th of May 2018, I became the first Hungarian to climb all seven mountains. Between the expeditions I solo climbed Mont Blanc and summitted the Matterhorn.
Both cycling and running have been a huge part of training to get my body and mind ready for the mountain expeditions. I was very new to cycling when I competed at Brands Hatch and won the 6 hour women’s cycling race. In February 2019 I won the Rovaniemi150, a fat bike race in arctic Finland on a rented bike. As much fun racing is, I love touring on my bikes and spending time in nature. Surrounded by mountains, of course. 🙂
What was your first adventure?
A 3-week solo trekking in the Nepali Himalayas at the end of their winter season in 2012. It was an incredible experience having the trails almost all to myself. I’ll never forget that breathtaking sunrise over the Gokyo Lakes as the sun rays were crossing Everest in the background. It was mesmerising and I fell in love with the mountains. Crossing the Cho La Pass and visiting base camp, not knowing that in 6 years I’d be back climbing to the top Everest!
What has been your most memorable adventure?
Too many to choose from but if I had to pick one outside climbing the 7 summits, it would have to be one of my bike tours: cycling in the article circle in Norway. Being completely self supported, not knowing where I pitch the tent the following day and spending time with my bike riding through some incredible landscapes. The colours of the sky and the fjords, the smooth hilly roads, surrounded by the mountains. It was magical.
What item of travel kit you can't do without?
Battery charger! Nowadays I only take my iPhone to take photos and videos and I like to know I always have enough battery to capture the beauty of nature (and take way too many photos of my bikes!)
What three bits of advice would you give to people who are keen on adventures, trekking and climbing?
Know your gear and don’t leave buying kit to the last minute! I test everything before leaving for a trip; layering system, hydration (where to put the water bottle / camelbak etc) and how to use the tools (repair kit, climbing equipment). I spent hours practising how to pee into my dedicated Nalgene bottle through a shewee before each 7 summit expedition. (* feel free to cut this I just thought it’s a good example) I really like backpacks, jackets and tops with zip pockets where I can store lip balm, snacks and my phone. And more snacks.
Start small: climb a hill near where you live, next pick something more difficult, higher. If things go wrong don’t worry; your testing, training, practising. When you’re on an expedition, you’ll be glad you have spent time preparing.
Make sure your work projects are finished, bills are paid so when you’re on an adventure you don’t need to stress about it.
Last but not least, have an open mind and enjoy the experience!