Jag föreläser på Utefest!


Jag är otroligt glad att kunna meddela att jag kommer föreläsa om Pacific Crest Trail på festivalen Utefest i Höga kusten i höst! Dessutom kommer jag att ha med mig min utställning med bilder från leden! Festivalen äger rum 8-10 september och är, som arrangören själv utrycker det ”en mötesplats för både nybörjare och elit.

Min Fjällräven Polar video


Sitter just nu på Arlanda och väntar på att få boarda flyget till Göteborg. Imorgon kommer jag som jag tidigare berättat om föreläsa på Scandinavian Photo Expo om Pacific Crest Trail och Fjällräven Polar. Till detta har jag satt ihop en video som jag självklart måste dela med er också! – – –

Fjällräven Polar 2017


Gnistrande sol, snöflingor som yr. Sylvassa berg som dramatiskt sträcker sig mot den klarblå himlen, milslång sikt över den arktiska tundran. 300 km vildmark och det enda som bryter naturens tystnad är dina egna andetag, hundarnas tassar som springer över snön och släden som susar fram under din kropp. Utrustad med den bästa av utrustning,

Imorgon startar Fjällräven Polar!


I mitten av december, några dagar innan julafton, fick jag det glädjande beskedet att jag som en av två svenskar och som juryns val skulle få delta i 2017 års upplaga av Fjällrävens Polar – en ca 300 km lång resa genom nordligaste Sverige med hundspann! Sedan dess har jag inte fått veta särskilt mycket mer, den enda infon jag har fått

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One thing you really get to practice when climbing is controlling your fears. If you let them take over, even a safe situation can turn out bad.

I am, belive it or not, extremely afraid of heights. But by putting myself in these situations, I step by step learn how to control that fear.

This pic is from the ascent of Lobuche Peak. I'd been climbing for hours and at one point I stopped to look around as the sun started to rise. I suddenly realized how steep it was (do you see the tiny people in the middle of the snow field?) and that I would have to climb down the same way. For a second I freezed, but then realized that I had no other choice than to stop those thoughts and continue. After all it went well, I reached the summit - and I made it down.

Most fears are just in your head, learn to control them and you'll feel stronger and more secure in every parts of your life. 💕
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! ☀️

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