Fjällräven Polar 2017


Den 3 april 2016 tog jag mina första steg på Pacific Crest Trail och påbörjade mitt hittills största äventyr. Nu är det klart att även den 3 april 2017 kommer bli en dag att minnas. Då kommer jag som juryns val delta för Sverige i Fjällräven Polar!

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Fjällräven Polar är ett äventyr på hundspann som äger rum 3-8 april  norr om polcirkeln. Det startar i Signaldalen i Norge, strax nordväst om Treriksröset (Sveriges nordligaste punkt) och tar sig sedan via en gammal samisk handelsled 300 km söderut genom Sverige till sjön Väkkäräjärvi.

Äventyret som arrangeras en gång per år har plats för ett begränsat antal deltagare, men det går inte att köpa en plats utan vilka som får åka avgörs dels via en omröstning och dels av en jury från Fjällräven. I år kommer två representanter från tretton olika länder/landsgrupper att delta, det vill säga totalt 26 personer och konkurrensen om platserna har varit stenhård. Totalt har över 1300 ställt upp i tävlingen varav ca 100 för Sverige. I omröstningen slutade jag på en sjunde plats med totalt 1 172 röster. Vann gjorde Olof Garnegård med hela 20 258 röster!

Men trots att jag inte vann omröstningen så kommer jag alltså att få åka med som juryns val! Det känns såklart helt otroligt ärofyllt och hedrande att få just juryns röst i detta åtråvärda event! Deras motivering till vilka de sökte var personer som ”reflekterar Fjällrävens kärnvärden och de grundläggande idéer som finns bakom Fjällräven Polar, att inspirera andra att spendera mer tid ute i naturen och att visa att erfarenhet och bakgrund inte är avgörande för ett lyckat äventyr. Istället är det passion, engagemang och ens vilja att prova.” Detta är precis vad jag har velat förmedla med den här sidan och det var därför jag startade den för drygt ett år sedan. Att få andra att våga sig ut i vildmarken, även om de inte har någon tidigare erfarenhet. Att inspirera och motivera. Det känns därför extra kul att bli utvald att få åka på de grunderna!

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Den 3e april går som sagt äventyret av stapeln och självklart kommer jag rapportera från det, både innan, under (hur mycket beror på mottagningen bland bergen) och efter! Du kan följa det här på bloggen, under kategorin Fjällräven Polar, men också på min instagram: wildernessstories

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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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