About Me


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.

To the swedish site:

http://www.wilderness-stories.com/sv

Me who runs the blog

... is Linda Åkerberg. I'm a 32 years old photographer based in Stockholm, Sweden. Read more about me here

Instagram

It’s easy to forget, that when climbing a mountain, reaching the top means that you’re only halfway through your climb. The way down can be at least as heard (or sometimes even harder) than they way up. This is important to keep in mind when climbing. This and much more will be part of my talk about Kilimanjaro at @naturkompaniet (Hantverkargatan) in Stockholm tonight at 18.30! Drop by if your interested in learning more! ☀️
.
Pic from my descent of Kilimanjaro in March with Mt. Meru in the background. Maybe I’ll climb that too next time... 😁
#mykilimanjarostory .
.
#mountkilimanjaro #kilimanjaro #mykilimanjaroadventure #climbingmountains #mtmeru #futuregoals #dreambig #neverstopexploring
Uhuru Peak - The top of Kilimanjaro - is located 5895 meters above sea level and is the highest point of Africa, which also makes Kilimanjaro one of the #sevensummits .
Uhuru means ‘freedom’ in Swahili and the peak got its name when Tanzania was declared a independent country in 1964. 🇹🇿 #mykilimanjarostory
The last stretch to the top of Kilimanjaro. To the right you can see the people surrounding the monument that marks the summit and to the left you can see the southern icefields. Once, the glacier reached all the way to the trail but now it’s far away. Scientists predict the glaciers on Kilimanjaro will be all gone by 2060. It’s sad that even on such a remote place as the top of Africa, you want to get away from the effects of global warming...💔
#mykilimanjarostory
Right. Left. Right. Left. Right...
The last stretch up to the top of Kilimanjaro after Stella Point sure was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done and all I could think of was my next step.  I’ve never been so captured in the moment and at the same time so stubborn to not giving up. 
Luckily I was once or twice able manage to remember to pic up my phone and take some pictures. This is one of the few I have from the last stretch to the top.
#mykilimanjarostory #nevernevernevergiveup #iphonephotography
Mawenzi Peak, the third of the three volcanoes that is part of the Kilimanjaro massive. With its 5149 meters above sea level, it’s not only the second highest point on Kilimanjaro, it’s also the third highest point in Africa! (After Kilimanjaro’s Uhuru Peak and Mt Kenya.) Pic from the crater rim just an hour or so after sunrise.
#mykilimanjarostory
Did you know that you can get a certificate that you climbed Kilimanjaro even if you don’t get to the top? If you’re reaching Gilman’s Point at 5685m (only passed if you’re doing the Rongai or Marangu Route) or Stella Point at 5756m, you also get one. The golden summit certificate you only get if you make it all the way to Uhuru Peak at 5895m though. .
For me the hardest stretch on the summit day was up to Stella Point. After that the trail gets much less steep and the fact that you can actually see the Uhuru Peak makes the rest of the climb - I wouldn’t say easy, but at least - much easier. Getting to this point also felt really good, it was here that I for the first time knew that I was gonna make it!
#mykilimanjarostory
Sunrise seen from Kilimanjaro during my summit push.
.
When you’re climbing a mountain, it’s normal to start your summit attempt very early in the morning. On Kilimanjaro, I started at midnight!
.
So why start so early in the middle of the night?
🗻The climb from base camp and back took about 11 hours and you wanna do this while the snow and ground is still frozen and hard. That makes it easy to walk on and you won’t have to worry about sliding around. 🗻The sun and heat is also a reason. The air is thin on the top and once the sun has rised it can be very hot - but you still need to cover yourself to not get burned. 🗻A third reason is that you get to watch the magic sunrise from the top of Africa. Maybe the best reason of them all. 😍
#mykilimanjarostory
One of the most well known plants on Kilimanjaro is the groundsel Dendrosenecio. Walking down in the fog from Lava Tower, these gigantic plants appeared for the first time on the Machame Route and they felt both spooky and so pretty at the same time.💕
#mykilimanjarostory
Patience - one of the most valuable traits of a hiker or climber.
.
Yesterday I gave some advice to a guy that hikes the PCT this year. After just 40 miles in he started complaining about his shoes. That he got blisters and wanted new ones. My best advice to him was to take some days off and then continue forward and not do too many miles a day. To let his body slowly adapt to the new conditions. Not buying new shoes. .
The same is it with altitude. There is no easy solution. To be able to handle it, you have to let you’re body slowly adapt to the new altitude and the less amount of oxygen it gets.
.
Climbing Kilimanjaro can be hard because many of the routes are done in few days. One benefit with choosing the Machame Route is that you get one acclimatization day on your way up. After Shira Cave Camp (3750m) you go up to Lava Tower at 4600m before you’re heading down to your next camp, Barranco camp at 3900m. This gives you’re body time to adjust to the altitude and increases the odds making it to the top!
.
This pic is from my way up to Lava Tower. I was lucky to have snow there which is not always the case! Can you see the small people in the lower left corner?!
#mykilimanjarostory

Subscribe to new posts on Wilderness Stories!



Supporters