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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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I dit it! Lobuche Peak, 6119m ✔️❤️ One thing that I've learned through my adventures is how much of our physical strength that is actually mental. We think that we can't do something and therefor we can't. We give up before we have even tried. If we only would dare to try we would be surprised how much we're actually capable of.

One thing that I really wanted to do during my trip to Nepal was climbing a mountain. I picked Lobuche Peak at 6119m, just around the corner from Everest. I had never climbed such a big mountain before, but I really wanted to give it a try.

Unfortunately, 5 weeks before my trip started I had to go through surgery for cervical cell changes. It was not a big thing, but I was told I wasn't aloud to do any kind of training the before my trip in order for my body to heal properly.

This was of course devastating for me. To be able to handle the lower amount of oxygen over 6000m I was in the middle of a really intense workout schedule.  Now I had to stop.

I asked myself what should I do. Should I cancel the plans of climbing the mountain and forget about my dream? I decided not to. I wanted to see how far my own will could take me up the mountain even if I wasn't in the best physical shape.

And this morning I got the answer - my will took me all the way to the top! Such an amazing feeling standing there realizing how much I'm actually capable of, just if I put my mind to it! 💥
The view from this mornings climb to Kala Patthar, 5550 m, was totally amazing! A 360 view over all the peaks around during the time of sunrise. 
In this pic: one of my absolute favorites, Ama Dablam. ❤️ A good advice for all of you planning doing Kala Patthar yourself: dress warm and don't forget extra warm socks and gloves. It's freezing before the sun hits you (which might take a while since it rises behind the highest mountain in the world)!
I made it!!! 💟
All the way from Jiri through the Nepalese jungle, up and pass Lukla and finally through the rocky landscape to Everest Base Camp at 5364m! This i did all on my own, without any help from porters or guides or even the company of friends. 12 days, 182 km and I don't now how many meters of altitudes in total. Feel so proud and happy right now! ❤️💪 But my adventure isn't over yet. Tomorrow I will climb Kala Patthar and the day after that I'll head up to Lobuche high camp from where I will attempt to summit the over 6000m Lobuche Peak! Check out my Instagram story feed to see how it goes! 😘
Today I felt the altitude in a bad way for the first time. After reaching the village of Lobuche my head started aching real bad, but after some rest, water and a short hike up to higher altitude and then back down again I felt much better! It's amazing how your body can adapt if you just gives it time. ❤️
Pic from the short hike with rests of the Khumbu Glacier in the background.
Tomorrow I'm heading up for base camp! 🏔️
Today I walked higher than I ever been before, up to 5090m! Everything went well (even though it was hard) and it feels very good since Everest Base Camp is "only" about 274 m higher!
Now I'm back in Dingboche at 4400m. The hike today was part of the acclimatizing process where you slowly expose your body to higher altitudes. By going up, then back down again your body will find it easier next time you go higher.
Pic from the top of the climb today with views over Ama Dablam.
Today's hike up to Dingboche was very different than the hike yesterday. The clouds were low, the rain kept pouring down and the huge mountains that's surrounds me did not show all. But it was still so beautiful!
As the trail kept getting higher and higher, the landscape changed as well, from green rhododendron forests to rocky and sandy with less and less vegetation. It certainly feels that I'm getting higher. Now at 4400m I'm close to higher than I ever been before.
These guys are so strong. I sometimes struggling with my 15 kg+ back pack (even though I start to get use to it by now) but the porters here carry well over 50 kg, often walking in just plain sandals.
It makes me think about how worried we westerners are about weight and that we have "the right" kind of gear. It seems pretty clear that what you have works just fine - so don't let the lack of proper gear stopping you from getting out in nature!
Getting up early is definitely something that will be rewarding at the Everest Base Camp Trek. You will get clear skies = beautiful views before the clouds comes in, the temperature will be cooler and you can also get the trail for yourself if you're lucky!
Today's hike up to Tengboche was really something else, this is hiking at its best! ☀️
The Everest Base Camp Trek is hiked by tens of thousands each year. The trail between Jiri and Lukla only by a thousand. And it really was something else. I didn't meet many hikers at all, but one of the days I was happy to get company by this cutie. She followed me for hours before she suddenly decided to go back to where she came from. A man told me she use to follow hikers to make sure they not get lost. ❤️

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