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Linda Åkerberg

My name is Linda Åkerberg and I was born in a small town named Karlstad in Sweden in 1985. When I was eighteen years old I moved to Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, to start working as a photography assistant. In 2007 I started my own company as a freelance photographer and that’s what I’ve been working as ever since. I work mostly with clients within the music industry; record labels, magazines and music festivals, for who I shoot portraits, group pictures and concerts.

Hiking is something that I started to get interested in as late as in the spring/summer of 2015. Before that point, I had never even thought about that hiking would be something for me. My parents have done a couple of easier hikes and when me and my brother were kids we followed them on some day hikes in the Swedish mountains. But that’s how far my own experience has reached and I have never thought about taking that up myself. Not until now.

me as a kid in the Swedish mountains

Me in the Swedish mountains 1991

It was when I saw the trailer for the movie Wild that I really got hooked. Maybe not on the movie itself, but on the idea of hiking. I just had to try it! Alternative ways of living has always fascinated me and for a long time I’ve been wanting to try to live outside the society on my own. Since a couple of years back I own an old mercedes van that I’ve been driving around Sweden and lived in for some summers. But living completely in the nature, without any contact with the civilization and only with the things that I can carry with me, that’s something else.

So after I saw the movie I decided to try it myself. My first hike was along the ”Roslagen Trail” outside Stockholm with my mother and after that I went to the U.S. to try a shorter section of the trail that the movie is about – the Pacific Crest Trail. And it was just as awesome as I had imagine it. In 2016 I set out on my first long-distance hike, 6 months on the aforementioned PCT.

So what is it about hiking that I find so great? It’s a hard question to answer but I think that except from the powerful nature experiences, the people that you meet and the energy you get from being outside and activate yourself, it’s a lot about the strength you feel and get during and after a hike. To dare to trust yourself, that you can take the right decisions, that you can carry what you need on your back and that your feet can take you wherever you want. That you can do without help from anyone else. We can do so much more than we think, and to go out and hike is a great way to prove that to ourselves! That’s what I think makes it so amazing for me. You grow as a person every time you get out there.

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Someone once asked me if I didn't loose track of the days hiking the PCT. My answer was 'No, it was actually the opposite, I could easily recall the days, even months back. We just didn't call them by the name we use in "normal life". In the wild we simply referred to them after what made them special.' This is for example a pic from "Fog Day" (or as all the others would call it, May 6) last year. 
PCT, mile ~426
How do you prepare for a hike on a trail you never been on before? Read about my second step in my preparation for Everest Base Camp trek: Setting a time schedule, at wilderness-stories.com (link in bio)
Pic from PCT mile ~1973, in one of the weirdest landscapes I've ever seen: the lava fields in Oregon.
Passing the 2600-mile marker on the PCT was a big thing for me. Being the last 100-marker with only 50 mile to go it was clear that I was gonna complete the entire trail. Now I've seen that I've also passed 2600 followers here on Instagram! I'm so happy for all of you and that you want to follow me on my adventures! Hearing from you, meeting you and hear your own stories is what keeps me going - so from the bottom I'm my heart, THANK YOU! ❤️
One year ago today, on June 5th 2016, I summited my very first mountain, Mount Whitney on a side trail of the PCT. With its 14505 ft / 4421 meter it counts as the highest mountain in the "lower 48" (the U.S. except the 2 states of Alaska and Hawaii). It was a bit tricky in the snow, but we all made it! I know there's a lot more snow in the Sierras this year so I wish all the thruhikers of 2017 all the best and also want to send them a reminder to stay safe. If Whitney feels to risky when you pass it, you can always do it later. The mountains won't go anywhere. ❤️
If you have a dream or something you really want to do, it can be a little bit scary to make it happen. We make up ideas about why now isn't the right time, why it's better to do it later. But the truth is that there's no better time than right now. Don't push forward your dreams. Make them happen. ☀️
Me after my first full day of kayaking last week. It was a bit scary and on this pic I'm super tired but so happy at the same time because I finally did it! And it was so much fun!
If there's something you feel like trying, just do it. Don't make up excuses for why now isn't the best time. Yesterday I rented a kayak and crossed through the islands in the Stockholm archipelago for the very first time. I moved here 13 years ago and I can't believe it's took me so long to do this! 
Good side with the story though: It's never to late.
2:30 in the morning and the sun is slowly rising over the Baltic Sea. I just love those bright summer nights. ❤️
Spent the whole day yesterday in the beautiful Nacka nature reserve just outside Stockholm. It's amazing how fast you can get out in nature, even in such a big city as the capital of Sweden! From the stockholm central station it's less then a 30 minutes drive and with the metro it will go even faster!
Tried a new form of workout yesterday: I put my backpack on and cycled to the store for some grocery shopping. 15K and 15kg on my back surely made me feel both good and exhausted afterwards!

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