Come on a good adventure! In april 2016 you can join me on a beautiful trek/climb at high altitude in remote Rolwaling village in Nepal.
You will experience the beautiful scenery of the majestic Himalayas including the mountains Gaurishankar, Tashi Laptsa and Dorje Lakpa. The trekking route wanders through alpine forests with blooming rhododendron flowers and beautiful native villages. We will trek and climb a small mountain, Yalung Ri 5500m, in this valley. You will also meet Chhiring Dorje Sherpa, a 12-time Everest summiteer and fantastic person who tries to help his valley survive the earthquake. We will also experience Kathmandu and help the tourist industry back to it’s feet.
15% of the price will go directly to rebuilding the Rolwaling village after the earthquake. You are also encouraged to bring supplies needed in the village and help the valley survive.
I will support you with training schedule, answering questions, equipment advice and good deals on equipment. As for experience, you do need to have some previous outdoor experience of hiking, camping and enjoying the outdoors, as well as being in good shape. No climbing experience needed.
Below is the itinerary and price.
Service included in the Price:
Local superguide Chhiring Dorje Sherpa
Co-guide Annelie Pompe
Gaurishankar Conservation Entry Permit, TIMS
Food during the trek
Tents( one tent per member), kitchen tent, dining tent and kitchen equipment
Guide, sherpa, cook, kitchen helpers and porters throughout the trek
Insurance for staff
Vehicle for drop and pick up at the trekking point
4 nights hotel accommodation in 5star hotel in Kathmandu on BB basis
Airport Pick up and Drop
Emergency medical oxygen, mask and regulator
Sevice Not Included in the Price:
Personal trekking gears
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
Emergency evacuation by helicopter
Adm registration guide fee: $290/person (non refundable)
(Note: The above price includes 15% charity amount and value added tax of 13%)
Email me at annelie (a) pompe.nu for registration/questions.
Jag är stolt ambassadör för Håll Sverige Rents kampanj #ileavenothingbutfootprints. Om du är på väg ut i till havet, skogen, fjällen, sjöarna eller de öppna vidderna i sommar, ber vi dig snällt att göra naturen en tjänst. Ta med dig allt. Lämna ingenting. Utom möjligen dina egna fotavtryck. Vi ses ute i naturen!
Fakta om skräp
Hämta en gratis skräpsamlarpåse på Naturkompaniet!
Påsen är återanvändsbar och extra borstad för att inte släppa ut mikroplaster då den tvättas. Det är fjällräven som har producerat den med högsta tanke på hållbarhet. Påsen hämtas gratis på Naturkompaniet runt om i landet. Det är lite först till kvarn som gäller för beställningstiden är längre än vad kampanjen är lång.
Under hela sommaren pågår en tävling där du som taggar dina bilder med #Ileavenothingbutfootprints har möjlighet att vinna fina priser.
1a pris: Ett presentkort på 2500 kr hos naturkompaniet.
2a pris: Otroligt högt och extremt djup, signerad och författad av Annelie Pompe
3a pris: Vandra, signerad och författad av Angeliqa Mejstedt
Håll Sverige Rent är en ideell organisation helt utan vinstintresse och vårt främsta uppdrag är att minska nedskräpningen, främja återvinningen och främja individers och organisationers miljövårdsansvar.
Vi jobbar mycket med att påverka människors attityder och beteende till nedskräpning – att helt enkelt få människor att låta bli att skräpa ned. Det gör vi genom kampanjer som ”Please, leave nothing but footprints”. Ett annat exempel är kampanjen ”Vi Håller Rent” då hela 676 000 personer var med och plockade skräp under första veckan i maj.
Att samla kunskap och fakta om nedskräpning och samtidigt stötta kommuner och andra aktörer är en annan viktig del i vår verksamhet. Vi är partners i flera EU-projekt om skräpet i havet. Kanske den absolut viktigaste delen av vår verksamhet är att vi utbildar barn och ungdomar i hållbarhet och miljökunskap genom vårt skolnätverk grön flagg som är Sveriges största skolnätverk för hållbar utveckling.
How do you justify a lifestyle that is bad for the planet? Maybe that question goes for most lifestyles nowadays. Simply being alive means we’ll have a more or less bad effect on the climate as soon as we eat, buy stuff and move around. We’d have to live very differently to not make our planet worse. For someone who loves both travelling and nature this is a dilemma.
There’s a new word for a feeling of ‘climate-anxiety’. We’re bombarded with variations of news of a upcoming natural disaster. Those news might come on top of a demanding and stressful life with too many ‘should’s’. A unhappy and stressed person couldn’t care less about the climate. That is why personal sustainability is important. One needs to find a balance in taking care of oneself to be able to care for the planet. Or do a little of both at the same time.
I think it’s better to have a motivation for living more sustainably with ‘love-for-nature’ and meaningfulness rather than, ‘if-you-dont-we’ll-all-die’.
The more people who love nature, the more we’ll want to save our nature. It’s better if many does something small to help, rather than a few bending over backwards. I think sustainability can be done without judgment and pressure. Threats and shame is simply not the best motivation. Awareness is a better one.
Awareness on the climate changes will tell you that travelling and fossil fuel is one of the heaviest loads on the planet. For someone who loves travelling and have built a adventurous career with travelling and guiding (far away), this is a tough dilemma. I believe travelling is good in the way it gives you energy and motivation to keep doing good. I don’t think we need to stop travelling. I have met many who grew a interest for the ocean environment after having snorkelled abroad with both fish and plastic. Increasing awareness and thinking about how we travel is a good start. Since last year I have thought of how I can change my travel habits, and this is what I came up with;
– I can travel less, and not always so far.
– When I’m away I stay longer.
– I can buy compensation rights and chose bio-fuel.
– I can do all short travels by train/bicycle.
– I’m not doing long trips for just a meeting I can do over skype.
– I can choose the theme of my trips.
I am proud of my last trip to Maldives which went to a local island who ran a environmentally aware hotel and dive center. Ecotourism emphasises conservation, education, traveler responsibility and is a way to explore our world without stressing its resources. If you need to fly you can use something called ‘carbon offsetting’, it is used to balance out these emissions by helping to pay for emission savings in other parts of the world. I bought a so called ‘climate compensation’ for flying to Maldives via Tricorona (CDM projects). I ran a freediving course which is one of my jobs. Freediving leaves next to no footprint (if you wear coral-reef friendly sunscreen). We ran beach-clean ups and worked with a whaleshark conservation research programme. The secret plan with freediving is to help more people fall in love with the ocean so that they also want to help saving it :-)
I try to balance my travelling by having a more sustainable life while at home. Here are some of my habits and ideas:
FOOD – Being a vegetarian/vegan reduces a lot of pressure on the climate. I love animals and hate the way the meat-business is run. Also, agriculture has a lot of run-off into the ocean. Being a vegetarian I don’t eat fish. There’s not enough fish in the sea because of overfishing. Are you willing to try a few days a week without meat? ‘According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the livestock sector is “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global”. The FAO estimates that livestock production is responsible for 14.5 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, while other organisations have estimated it could be as much as 51 per cent. – https://www.meatfreemondays.com/about/
CARRY ON – Don’t buy plastic bottles. I always carry a klean kanteen with tap water.
TRAVEL – I don’t have a car or even a drivers licence. I travel mostly by bicycle, my electric bike, bus or train.
APPERANCE – I don’t buy fashion and avoid to wash polyester clothing more than necessary. (They loose microfibers/plastic that go into the ocean/lakes at some point). When I wash clothes I do a full machine with eco-wash detergent. I try to mostly use sustainable fashion. The clothing brands I work with have a strong engagement in sustainable development (Bergans, Devold). Karun sunglasses are great! I buy beauty products that are not tested on animals and doesn’t have microplastics in them.
ACCOMODATION – My houseboat runs mostly on solar cells while in the sea. After this summer I hope it will be self-sustainable with power from more solar cells. I use alkylatbensin for the engine until I have turned it into a electrical engine. Am getting rid of most plastic items and replacing them with sustainable materials such as bamboo. All cleaning liquids, soaps and so on are biodegradable. Fav toothbrush link.
HOBBIES – I don’t buy stuff unless necessary. Avoiding consumerism. No fancy machines or furnitures. Almost all my hobbies are outdoor-sports or reading-books related.
ENVIRONMENT – I engange in beach clean ups, both organised and spontaneous.
WORK – I try to use my speaking assignments and social channels to inspire to a more sustainable life and love-for-nature :-) I support and work with WWF, The Perfect World Foundation and Håll Sverige Rent. I sometimes teach freediving with I am Water foundation, and I support Naturskyddsföreningen
DREAMS – I put my helicopter-pilot dream on ice for now.
Here is a great list and blog (in Swedish) of small everyday things you can do to live a more sustainable life.
In the midst of snow and rain in Lofoten I finally made time to go through photos from a much warmer place.
1500 photos have turned into a few hundred. Below are some favourites + a short movie.
I can warmly recommend you to go to Dhigurah because it’s a local island and you’ll support local families and get a ‘real’ experience rather than going to a ‘resort-island’. This trip was organized by Scubatravel.se having TME-retreats and Island divers lovely support on-site.
At first I had named it ‘discipline week’ and thought of it with some harshness and squinty eyes, as if going into a bootcamp. It was the week extra I had to stay in Indonesia as my boyfriend had to go back earlier to work and take care of the dog. As I really didn’t have any business at home in the cold and my family was away, I might as well stay a week by myself and focus on writing my new book. I quickly re-named it ‘retreat week’. Because I love retreats. They are more kind and inspiring than a Discipline week
There’s nothing weak about retreating, pulling back, withdrawing. The word has been used more and more in yoga and other spiritual and trendy activities. Going on a retreat means to withdraw from the normal life, to reflect, look within, gather energy, do good things and change habits. There’s really no need to be in Bali for a retreat, it just makes life better and easier to be in a warm, friendly place with great food.
I don’t believe in sitting still and writing for too long at a time, so I wanted to do meaningful things between writing that would support the book’s content. That would be: Yoga, meditation, surfing, reading other inspirational books, listening to podcasts. I decided not to have a schedule, but instead listening to what the body and mind needed most, which is a great exercise.
The first obstacle was my boyfriend. We’d been together travelling for so long. The first day I realised it was a terrible idea to stay a week alone. I’d just be missing him all the time, and get no writing done.
Battling restlessness was one of my biggest challenges. Very often when I sit down to write I find that I can´t sit still but start to procrastinate. That’s why it’s good to have a variety of good activities to help. If there was something I’d rather do I’d tell myself ‘ write a full page before you do it’, as if to get a reward.
I had a stomach illness and fever. It wiped away some yoga, surf and eating habits but I kept reading and writing as much as I could muster.
I was debating wether to stay in Ubud, but it is just too far away from the ocean. I love Medewi, but it’s not much to choose from in food/yoga. So I stayed on a quiet street in Canggu. I don’t really like Canggu that much, but it’s a place that has great yoga, amazing food and somewhat ok surf. Canggu is convenient. The negatives are that it’s LOTS of tourism, noise and too crowded at the surfbreak, but it’s possible to work around. You can surf super-early morning before the crowds, stay in the more secluded Nelayan street and find the small more hidden spots for writing and eating.
Good writing/eating spots: Shady shack, dandelion, the daun, organic cafe,
Good yoga places: serenity (has unlimited-week-passes), the practice, samadhi
Good places to stay: the daun, black pearl, serenity
Ever since I heard of their existence, I wanted to meet them. Ever since then I built up expectations. It was a long time ago, and many things changed in the lives of the sea gypsies, and in the world. If we´d arrived 7 years earlier there wouldn´t have been any mobile phones in the village. Maybe not even electricity for a few hours every day. I don´t remember how long they had engines for their boats instead of sails and paddles, but for sure it was different before then. Our friend-of-a-friend-host told us some amazing stories about their previous lifestyle, and we could still se the history carved into the faces of the elders in the village.
It took several days just to get a boatride away from the village. The village itself is very different. It´s built on a shallow part of the ocean and all houses are on wooden (or recently cement) stilts. Yes, the wood rot every 5-6 years and have to be replaced (!). Our new friend told us some houses fell into the ocean a few months ago during some strong winds. Theres work to be done on either houses or boats evey day. The houses are extremely basic and small. There´s nothing more than neccesary, until a few years ago when a few families bought TV´s that are only used the few hours of evening electricity. Its very noisy during those hours. Most of the houses are connected by wooden bridges and walkways that they call ´roads´. Some houses you can only get to by boat or swimming. They get their freshwater supplies by paddling over to mainland to fill plastic containers. Most of them sell fish for a living. But there´s less fish in the ocean nowadays, and even the Bajo have noticed how much more plastic there is in the water. Our host doesn´t think his son will live the same way as his grandfather at all. He hopes he will go work in a a big city. Quite the opposite to the little village life.
There´s not much to do in the village. We go freediving early mornings or late afternoons when the tide is right and when it´s not too hot. All activity is planned according to the mood of the ocean and current weather. Apart from that we go exploring with a little dugout canoe. We sit and talk and eat a little. The main activity is snorkelling/freediving and its all we hoped for. Sulawesi is part of the coral triangle that hosts about 75% of all coral in the world and over 2000 species of fish. I have freedived many places, but this was different from all others. We were quite ´unlucky´ with currents of plastic in the midst of all beauty. That is unfortunately more and more common. It´s less common seeing dead coral and fish becacuse of dynamite fishing, but sadly it still exsits.
Bajo people, or sea gyspies, aren´t really gypsies anymore. Most now live in villages on the water, but in other parts of Malaysia, Burma and Philippines Bajo live on boats still.
One of the best experiences with the Bajo was seeing them in the water and underwater. The kids learn to swim at the same time they learn to walk. They don´t need a swimming teacher, they´ll just learn by themselves and from other kids. I´ve never seen kids and their parent be so natural and unworried around water. There were no female divers or fisher-women, but everyone helps in gathering sea cucumbers for snacks when it´s low tide. We went out with our host and his father on their daily hunt for lunch and dinner. Some days they focused on finding octopus, other days just spearfishing with their handmade spears and googles. They see very well underwater even without goggles but says the eyes hurt after a while. Some of then say they intentionally rupture eardrums as to not have to deal with equalisation. Their technique underwater was amazing to watch. Soundless and effortless. I´m not a judgemental vegetarian, but I must admit it was hard for me to see fish getting caught and suffer, then handled as vegetables.
I left with mixed feelings. It was amazing to see how the sea gypsies lived and their hospitality. I love to see people living so happily with so little of our western comforts, close to nature. At the same time it was sad to see how the new want of money and how the ocean´s decreasing state is already affecting such a small community far away. I´m kind of hoping the western world will realise the beauty and good that comes from living more simply and taking better care of nature this time round.
Fridykning är en fantastisk upplevelse. Man lär sig mycket om sig själv, andning och havet. Det har varit många förfrågningar kring kurser i fridykning så vi har satt kurs-datum redan nu! Jag kommer hålla 3 x 2 kurser i sommar längs vår vackra västkust. På kursen kommer du lära dig enkla tekniker för att andas bättre, vara lugnare i vatten, snorkla tryggare, fridyka djupare och stanna längre under ytan.
Fridykning är ett sätt att känna sig som hemma i havet. I den här intro-kursen kommer du lära dig teori, säkerhet, mental träning, andning och lär känna din kropp och dina tankar på ett nytt sätt. Det är ju dessutom ett vackert och enkelt sätt att utforska den fina världen under ytan. Du kommer också lära dig mer om havsmiljön och hur vi kan ta bättre hand om havet.
Kurserna startar fredag kväll med fridykningsteori och workshop i andning. På lördagen/söndagen gör vi några morgonövningar innan vi åker ut med båt och gör två dyksessioner i natursköna omgivningar. Förhoppningsvis möter vi sälar under det andra dyket! Vi tar max 8 elever/kurs. Klarar du teoretiskt prov och alla övningar kan du bli certifierad.
Vi kommer även göra rena utflykter till fina fridykningsplatser för dig som redan kan grunderna i fridykning. Vi har dock inte satt datum för utfärder än.
– 15-17 Juni Marstrand med Marstrands marina och dyk
1 fredagkväll teori/workshop och en heldags dykning lördag och kanske ytterligare kursdag sönd.
Pris: FULLBOKAT!.- Bokning via mail: butik @ marstrandsmarina.se
– 13-15 Juli. Hönö med Havskatten
börjar fredag klockan 18:00 och slutar lördag ca 16:00.Vi utgår ifrån Havskatten på Hönö där det finns fantastiskt boende nära havet om man vill/behöver sova över. Boka boende (fr 400/pers) via dem snabbt för de är mycket populära. Där ingår även frukost lördag/söndag morgon innan båtutfärd.
Boka kursen genom att maila anneliepompe (a) gmail.com så mailar jag mer info. Kan ta lite tid om/när jag är på resande fot.
Pris: 3600.- inkluderar frukost, båtutflykt och workshop.
– 17-19 Aug. Lysekil med Diveteam Lysekil. Kontakta Diveteam i Lysekil, de tar emot intresse och bokningar! Nu nordens största dykcenter.
Early bird pris 4000:-
Ingår inte i priset (Sverige):
– Fridykningsutrustning. Vi kan hjälpa dig att reda ut utrustning med ett närliggande dykcenter, inga problem! Du får låna blyvikter hos oss. Du behöver våtdräkt, flexibelt gummi-viktbälte, cyklop, snorkel och fenor. Boende får du ordna på egen hand men vi kan hjälpa till med tips.
Those words are ture both for the actual travel, and for life itself. Luggage can be many different things. It can be memories, difficult experiences, stories we keep telling ourselves as well as owning a lot of things. If you have a heavy load of experiences you haven’t processed but just pushed away you might have a kind of spiritual heaviness. If you have done someting bad and not forgiven yourself for it, it can also be a very heavy load to carry. Maybe a lightweight mind is a happy mind, at least for a while. as long as we’re human there will always be ups and downs.
So what’s to gain from travelling with less luggage?
– More freedom. A feeling of lightweightness.
It works in real life, and while Iäm in the midst of travelling right now. We’ll be away for about 7-12 weeks depending on circustrances with only a 40L backpack each – and a surfboard. The baggage is including a freediving equipment, underwater camera housings and a ipad with keybord for writing on. It doesn’t leave much room for clothes and the rest. It makes it a lot easier to choose clothes everyday. I also need to be able to do a simplified workut every other day aswell as yoga. Yoga mats are big and clumsy, even the travel ones. I reasearched a bit and found that the most lightweight alternative was a yoga towel. It gets sticky when moist and can be put on any floor. I also brought a rubber band for resistance training. So far I love it. What can be troublesome with having only a few things, is small details like loosing the only pair of socks I brought. :-)
If you are interested this is what my minimum packing looks like. All is packed into lightweight Exped packbags and backpacks.
Miminum amount of clothes:
– 1 full set of rain clothes gear. The most lightweight from Bergans
– 1 Merino wool sweather from Devold for cold nights
– 1 pair of long pants
– 1 pair of long tights
– 2 pair of shorts
– 3 tank tops
– 2 t-shirts
– 1 long and short dress
– 5 bikinis/underwear
– 1 rashguard
– Leaatherman tool
– Minimum amount of conditioner/sunlotion to refill on the way.
Technichal and freediving gear;
– Beauchat semi long fins
– Cressi nano mask
– Lightweiht snorkel
– Olympus OMD camera with 8mm and 12-42 mm lenses
– Olympus tough camera
– Battery pack
– Ipad mini
– Mini bluetooth keyboard
På datorn fanns ett dokument som hette ‘nybok’. På något märkligt sätt har den nyligen transformerats till två böcker. Innehållet har varierat, men en, eller två, böcker ska det bli. Och de ska bli bra. Enligt teorin att man blir som bäst på det man tycker om, så ska boken/böckerna handla om något jag tycker om, nämligen frihet, enkelhet, naturen och inre äventyr. Om att lyssna inåt istället för utåt. Om att hitta sin inre styrka. Passion och inspiration är viktigt. Och vad du vill läsa är viktigt. :)
Så vad skulle du vilja läsa om?
Vad vill du att jag skriver om?
Kommentera gärna nedan! :)
Jag har ‘prov-skrivit’ lite, och landade mjukt i denna paragraf;
Det finns kanske något i ordet ‘enkelhet’ som får oss att slappna av. Vi andas ut, axlarna sänks och ögonen slappnar av. Det är känslan av att ha tid, frihet, lugn och fokus. Kanske handlar boken lite om att leva ett lite enklare liv. Inte nödvändigtvis lättare, utan enklare. Och roligare. Vi kan skapa en enklare livsstil som frigör tid till att göra det som är meningsfullt. Och göra världen lite bättre samtidigt. När man lever enklare skapar man plats för att leva mer. Sinnet blir lättare då det slipper ta hand om och organisera prylar. Överallt vi tittar idag blir vi påminda om att köpa mer så att vi kan bli lyckligare, snyggare och mer omtyckta. Men om du inte är nöjd med livet idag, finns det inget du kan köpa i veckan som förändrar det. Ett enklare liv börjar inifrån; Med att hitta passionen, att lita på sig själv och att hålla sig motiverad.
Som om det inte vore nog att skriva en egen ny bok så håller jag på att skriva en bok tillsammans med min kära vän och kollega i tystnadsretreat, mod och inre äventyr, Cecilia Duberg. Den boken ska handla om tystnad.
Någon undrade hur man går tillväga när man skriver en bok. Alla författare har säkert egna sätt och ritualer kring skrivandet och jag har inspirerats av flera av dem. Så här gör jag rent praktiskt:
1. skriver ner en kolumn med teman / titlar
2. skriver ner kapitel och underordnar underkapitel och ideér
3. båda listorna ovan får gå igenom flera omgångar av tillägg och borttagningar
4. börja skriva lite här och där i kapitlen där det känns mest inspirerande.
5. gör research kring nya och gamla ämnen för att få nya tankar och inspiration.
6. löptränar eller vandrar i naturen och kommer på nya tankar och ideér under tiden.
7. jobbar med en inspirerande och duktig redaktör på ett trevligt förlag.
Fotograf till bilden ovan: Denise Lissert
Christmas is a wonderful ‘pause’ in my life. It’s a few days or weeks with less e-mails, less things that I think I ‘have to do’ and more time with family and friends. It’s a wonderful time because there is time with no plans! Having time like that has been one of my keys to having less bad stress in life.
I worked a lot this last year. I love all my 7 jobs as a business owner, but there was a time where I worked WAY TOO MUCH. Working a lot has the same affect on the body and ming as hard training. They both break down. Without proper recovery you will not get any better at anything. Warning-bells started ringing, and I listened. I started to feel tiredness (which was a totally new feeling! When someone asked how I was and I said ‘tired’, it sounded strange), I had bad sleep and was forgetting things. From that on I said ‘no’ to all new work requests, even though part of me loved the challenge of squeezing another assignment in.
I found the best recovery in a few steps:
As I’m enjoying the december of 2017, I’m already looking forward to next year! When you want to make something happen, the trick is to put it in the calendar :-D We have already made some fun plans (will tell you more later), and some of those are open expeditions/courses you can join. For the first part of 2018 there we have these fun trips open for bookings:
Learn to freedive with Whale sharks and on coral reefs in the Maldives! March 20-30
Organized by Scubatravel, Scandinavias dive travel expert. Open for all levels.
Read more here!
Weekend silent retreat at LOKA 20-22 April
Me and Cecilia Duberg are hosting one of our popular silent retreats ‘modig och mindful’
Read more and book here
Yoga Games 27-29 April
I’m teaching breathwork and co-hosting a talk/workshop on silence with Cecilia Duberg. It’s now open for bookings. You get 30 Euros/300 Sek discount with code ‘Annelie’ for the whole weekend.
Askersund outdoor 25-26 May
I’ll be giving a open talk, an outdoor yoga class and hanging out with 24hourMeals
Freediving intro courses in Sweden. Dates will be updated spring 2018. But if you want to give a course as a christmas gift you can contact me for a gift card.
Exploring Lofoten with Bergans Turglede. A week of hiking, kayakaing, yoga, surf, snorkelling and climbing. A goodiebag of fun adventures to try out for anyone with basic fitness. More info soon.
In the fall I will be guiding a expedition with hiking in Nepal, which there will also be more info on sooon.
‘Come home immediately’, one e-mail said. Maybe jokingly, but friendly. I have seen the volcano far away. I have seen the dramatic newspaper headlines, and they don’t match. Yes, people are stranded because the airport is closed. But is it chaos? No. The disaster headlines in the online news are made to gather ‘clicks’. It makes it very hard for us to know what to believe, and what to spend our precious time reading.
On that note our students from the silent retreat haven’t made it home yet. I’m sad for them and our travel agency who is working hard to get them home. But they are maybe the most mentally prepared tourists. They are stuck as the airport is closed with over 70 000 more people. Others are stuck in their countries having their vacation ‘ruined’ by the volcano. It’s a reminder of the power of nature. It is what it is and there’s nothing we can do to change it. The western world and culture likes control, and it’s called ‘chaos’ when its disrupted. When you can’t go home to your job that is waiting for you, shouldn’t there be a better understanding? Bali is maybe one of the best places in the world to be ‘stuck’. It’s a thousand times worse for the local population nearby the volcano who might loose their homes and livelihood in the lahars, floods of debris. It’s worse for nature that will be covered in ashes and take a long time to recover. With that comparison t’s not that hard for tourists being ‘stranded’ on Bali.
I’m not leaving until later in december, but my boyfriend is flying in from a nearby island this week for our last days on the island. I’m really hoping he makes it over to Bali and I know he’ll find a way around the closed airport if he have to.
It seems so simple. Take a breath of air and dive as deep as you want into the ocean. But you have to make it back up to the surface, and you have to stay calm. You will be alone. You will meet your doubts, strengths and all of your mind in one single dive. So freediving isn’t that simple. Neither is teaching freediving. You’ll have as many different courses as there are students. Each student is different. Each student will have a different adventure during a course. It’s a pure joy to follow that adventure and see people grow.
That’s what we did the last week. We could see change in peoples eyes. Little by little the students started to trust their bodies amazing reaction to being underwater. It’s usually the mind that messes up a dive. As soon as you start thinking too much, the dive is ruined. Freediving is about being more in the body and less in the busy mind. It’s more about letting go than trying to achieve more. It’s about having less stress and pressure and just enjoy the water.
And we did enjoy the water! Soft, blue 30 degree water in the ocean welcomed us every day. After 4 days of training we celebrated the new feeling of comfort in the water by freediving with manta rays. Compared to scuba divers below we had complete freedom to move around the beautiful animals. They were flying around us like underwater birds. Then we finished off by freediving one of the most beautiful coral reefs in Bali.
The next weeks will be more about meeting oneself to find inner strength. Me and Cecilia Duberg is teaching a 5 day silent retreat in Medewi, Bali, and then I’m teaming up with Hanli Prinsloo and I Am Water to teach more freediving and save the ocean a little bit more. :)
As we’re now in a more rural area there’s very weak wifi, I can’t connect my phone to the laptop and photos from the last course with Scubatravel will have to wait.
They will grab hold of every part of you, into the smallest cell and memory. They change your life and they don’t let go as you try to leave them behind. There is something very special about the Himalayan mountains. It’s an experience that lasts a lifetime. Before the trip I thought of it as ‘just a job’. Sure I love my guide job, Nepal and the mountains and my friends there, but I thought that Everest had finally let go of me. I was wrong. It might sound strange, but I could feel it’s presence and soon as we landed.
It’s not all about the mountains. I think it’s my 9’th time in Nepal, and I should be used to it by now. But the magic of the country and the people isn’t something you get used to. The compassion and honest thoughtfulness is overwhelming. The rest of the group felt the same. It’s great to travel with first-time-Nepal-visitors and see the country through their eyes and impressions. The main reason I want to come back to Nepal over and over again is because of my Sherpa friends as well as the environment. I climbed Everest with Chhiring Dorje Sherpa, and he is one of the most amazing people I have ever met. He is my role model and good friend. I want to climb mountains just to climb with him. I want to climb mountains to be in the base camp and hear the wind in the fabric of the tent, to be in my sleeping bag reading a book, and to go exploring with my camera while the body is adapting to altitude. I want to climb mountains because I like to be on the move, hiking every day for hours. I love the simplicity of walking in nature. My wish to climb mountains doesn’t have much to do with conquering or standing on a summit.
Last year I lost a climbing friend on mount Everest. I found myself looking for his memorial stone amongst the other lost souls. When he walked this trail to the mountain last year he didn’t know he wouldn’t walk back down. Eventually I found a big flat stone, carried it in my backpack for a few days and then wrote a memory for him. Chhiring performed a small ceremony and I think it helped.
I was lucky to have a very strong and positive group to work with. Up to Everest base camp they are probably the strongest group I have had on that altitude. They listened well, was breathing good and followed advice, but it doesn’t help against infections and bacteria in the stomach. Some had to give up. 7 of us ended up on top of the mountain Island peak 6160m. I was there trying it out 12 years ago and it was like climbing a totally different mountain. It had changed by a glacier and icefall into a totally different and fun experience. Walking a ladder across a crevasse is always refreshing!
Before the climb we hiked to Everest base camp and up Kala pathar. It’s said to be one of the most beautiful hikes in the world. I agree because of the view and sceneries, but I think there is too many people on the trail. I will not guide this trip again. I prefer the more remote treks and mountains away from the crowds, wifi and noise. Next year I’ll guide for my partner Bergans Turglede and look forward to doing diffferent kinds of hiking and climbing trips in Nepal.
When you hike you have time to think. You might even think better than usual. The mountains might remind you about important things. I realised I have been goal-less for some time. Since I tried to learn to fly paragliding and hurt my shoulder the focus has been on rehab and getting my house boat in order. Now I want to get back on development track, more performance than just training. I have been waiting for a insight. Suddenly I saw it clearly in the sky. Helicopter. I want to be a helicopter pilot. I have always wanted to. When I sat in one of the mountain heli’s I realised it’s time. I look forward to a new adventure; flying.
Below is a few photos from the last weeks in Nepal: Camera Olympus OMD Mark II
It’s been the usual’ before a expedition: Preparation. Times my great 10 participants. Times 10 more experiences! We’ve had a busy day in Kathmandu and now we’re leaving to do one of the world’s most spectacular flights; Kathmandu to Lukla at 2800m to start one of the most beautiful hikes in the world. We are all looking forward to change the smog and stuffy air towards the thin fresh air higher up. After the ‘warm up hike’ to Everest base camp we are going to climb a ‘real’ mountain; The trekking peak Island peak, 1689m, a beautiful little mountain situated like a island in a glacier.
We’re going to have bits and pieces of internet so I’ll update family, friends an followers on the way. (I like to be able to share photos and experiences on the way, but I also liked it the first time I was here over 10 years ago – there was no wifi up there, but another kind of connection ;-)
Vi ska göra ett världsrekordförsök för att rädda Göteborgs hav! All vinst går till att börja rädda vallgraven. Målet är att vattnet ska vara så rent att vi kan simma i vallgraven. Men vi behöver hjälp.
Vi hoppas sätta värdsrekord i antal deltagare i ett yoga & andningspass i Serneke arena i Göteborg. Jag och Maria Cerboni kommer att guida dig igenom enkel och skön yoga och andningsövningar. Alla kan deltaga! Ta med dig dina vänner, släktingar och bekanta!
Torsdag 5 Oktober kl 17.30-18.30 (insläpp från 16.30)
Yogan kommer hållas i Serneke Arena
(Krutvägen 2-4, 415 28 Göteborg)
Du tar dig enkelt hit med lokaltrafik: www.vasttrafik.se Hållplatsen för avstigning heter Kviberg.
Här finns mer info: https://www.facebook.com/yogaforocean/
– Ta med dig yoga/träningsmatta eller handduk.
– Kom som du är! Det går att yoga i alla slags kläder och det är inget svettigt pass.
– Lämna väskor hemma. Väskor/påsar/bagage/stora jackor samt mat etc är inte tillåtet i lokalen och om du har med dig detta kommer du ej komma in på arenan.
– Dörren till inträde stängs kl:17.30 så kom i tid!
För att deltaga krävs att du skänker minst 40kr och kan visa upp ett aktivt swisch-kvitto samt din, legitimation vid inträde. All vinst går oavkortat till Göteborgsbaserade The Perfect World Foundation som kommer arbeta med att rensa upp vallgraven i Göteborg som leder ut i älven och havet.
SWISH minst 40:-
Ange: YOGA som meddelande
Swish nummer : 90 03 880
Vill du boka in ett helt gäng med personer eller ditt företag kontakta: Marcus.Holmqvist@eurotravelsports.se för en faktura.
Maria skräpplockning i vallgraven.
My whole world is moving. The boat is shivering as waves crash against the steel of the hull. Sometimes my fingers are pulled away from the laptop by a big wave or gust of wind movement. I look out through the window to see the waves. As I’m sitting in the livingroom couch I feel the whole boat coming to life underneath me. My hearing has become better. I hear every new sound and know what it comes from. I feel everything that happens in the hull in my own body. It is as if me and the boat has become a single being.
My house/boat is on a floating dock which is exposed to winds and waves from south. Today there is 13-19 m/s winds, and big waves from that very direction. The first few hours I was a little worried. I watched what happened and tried to do as much pre-damage control as possible. I hung another car tire as protection towards the dock. I put childproof/waveproof locks on the drawers as I had put that task aside way too long. Now the drawers stay closed as the boat is moving side to side and it’s much more quiet. The main sounds are waves against the outside of the hull, the wind through the sailboats on the other side, and the rain on the windows. The rain is falling and flying horizontally towards me. I probably should have moved the boat into the protected harbour but it was full. Now the boat can’t be driven anywhere in these winds.
Everything is moving and changing by the minute.There is no use trying to hold on to anything. So instead I relax and let the ocean gently rock me back and forth. Surrendering to the movement. I know that if I leave the boat, the ground underneath me will keep moving for a few hours. As if I still have the ocean beneath me. It’s a memory inside the body. I like it. This is partly scary as I’m worrying about the boat, but at the same time I’m enjoying the power of nature. It’s inspiring. It made me write this blogpost. I’m not complaining. This is nothing compared to what’s happening in Florida.
Keeping warm and dry while exploring makes it much more fun.
Algae washed/blown up 10m from the ocean
There will be more rain.
Hönö är en av de vackraste platserna i Sverige att fridyka på. Mjuka rosa klippor bryter av det vilda havet och dess värld under ytan. Årets första fridykningskurs visade Hönö från sin bästa sida. Väderprognosen ändrade sig i sista stund och lovade blå himmel och solsken. Till denna kursen samarbetade vi med det nybyggda vandrarhemmet Havskatten som ligger bara ett par meter från havet. Havskatt är annars en fisk med väldigt speciellt utseende.
Eleverna samlades i Havskattens konferenslokal för teori och sedan andhållningsövningar. En nybörjare lyckades hålla andan i över 5 minuter efter lite övningar och trick. Morgonen efter började på bryggan med yogaövningar och stretching för att förbereda kroppen för dagens dyk. Efter en hälsosam frukost gjorde eleverna skrivet prov innan vi hoppade i våtdräkter och åkte ut med kapten Svenne på Havskattens båt.
Fridykning kan enkelt delas in i två kategorier; djupdykning och nöjesdykning. De kan såklart kombineras, men det är stor skillnad på att dyka djupt längs en lina med boj och vikter, till skillnad från att dyka fritt längs klippor eller korallrev och kolla på fiskar. Vi gjorde både och. Att dyka vid lina gör att man tryggt kan öva upp sin tryckutjämning och förmågan att stanna längre under ytan. Allt det man lär sig kan man ta med sig när man sedan fridyker med sälar! Sälarna är mycket duktigare fridykare än oss, och för att ha en chans måste vi närma oss långsamt. Det är nästan som en militär operation när vi simmar tyst runt en kobbe. Några knubbiga och fega sälar har redan lämnat sin sol-klippa medans två vackra exemplar ligger kvar och låter oss få ögonkontakt i några långa minuter innan de glider ner i havet och försvinner. Vi hade oerhört dålig sikt, men på grunt djup fick vi ändå en fin upplevelse! Tack alla elever och Havskatten Svenne för en fin helg!
There is something about living in small spaces. Maybe that’s where adventures happen; tents, tree houses, house boats and camper vans. The less space to live in, the less to take care of, and the more time spent outdoors on adventures. Me and my boyfriend found a opportunity to get away, and we did. Spending as little time as possible travelling to a surfable and somewhat warm ocean we chose Portugal. They recently had a money-back campaign if you didn’t get any waves.
We got waves – and wind. A north atlantic storm slowly made it’s way over Europe and our surf. We tried hiding in corners of the country and did quite well. We went south and west.I’ve half owned a surfer van before and slept in other RV’s and am very much at home with small spaces. When the purple/pink van showed up on airbnb it was a given choice! Driving the van was a bit of a workout and we wanted to spend most time outdoors, so we kept the driving to a minimum.
It’s extremely effective, fun and amazing to be able to sleep well in your vehicle. Transport and accomodation in one! All you have to do is to pack simply and keep order in the van. It wasn’t the most easy-to-keep-in-order van as there wasn’t many compartments for stuff. The owner agreed he could do better but hadn’t had time. We had a gas stove for cooking, a freezer box for ice and fresh groceries, a mobile phone charger, a table and chairs and a camping shower. We brought surfboards, freediving gear and a minimum amount of clothes. As for caring about the carbon footprint, it’s better to use one of the newer RV’s or vans or one with low fuel consumption, and you can use diesel or alkylate gas to improve it.
Here is a few unsorted photos from the trip:
The photos are taken with the Olympus OMD-EM5 and Olympus Tough TG5
Det kändes faktiskt så, som om jag hade nya ögon. De var känsligare än innan. Vind och luft upplevdes på ett nytt sätt när det inte satt en kontaktlins i vägen. Jag tror att min pojkvän blivit trött på all information om hur annorlunda världen ser ut. Inte för att något förändrats i min inställning eller världen utanför, utan allt som förändrats var min hornhinna! :)
Det är idag exakt 3 veckor sedan jag gjorde ögonlasern. Jag har nyss varit på tre-veckors kontrollen på Memira och allt såg bra ut. Världen ser också bra ut. Den är skarpare och alla ljus är liksom mjukare än innan. Jag är fortfarande förundrad över att man kan göra så här! Förundran är bra.
Jag lyckades alltså att inte vara i bassäng, fridyka eller hoppa i havet på tre veckor. Nu är det bara en vecka till med lite försiktigare aktiviteter. Nu är jag ändå mitt i massa föreläsnings-jobb, så det går bra. Tajmingen kunde inte vara bättre. Jag ser verkligen fram emot att leva livet på sommaren utan att behöva släpa runt på kontaktlinser, att kunna öppna ögonen under vattnet, att vakna på morgonen och se klart direkt, eller vakna mitt i natten och kolla till tampar och rep utan att leta glasögon. Jag fick just reda på att Memira ger bort kundernas gamla glasögon till en organisation som heter ‘vision for all’, som langar glasögonen vidare till länder där invånarna inte har råd med egna glasögon, så nu lämnar jag bort de gamla plastbågarna till bättre behövande!
I listened to a inspiring TED-talk from a psychologist. He talked about not being a ‘real doctor’, because he didn’t work with the illnesses of the body. Psychology is a relatively new science, but still there is not as common to talk about illnesses of the mind, or ‘mental hygiene’. We care a lot about having a healthy body, but less about having a healthy mind. We talk about the causes of stress, when stress is usually a cause in the mind. How we handle important things like stress and defeat, loneliness and pain happens in the mind rather than in the body.
As we try to feed our bodies better food, we could try to feed our minds with better food aswell. Maybe you have noticed how some foods and some events affect your mind. Maybe you have noticed what happens in your mind when you feed it facebook, endless bad news and gossip. How does your mind feel when you bring it into the forest, ocean or mountains?
I guess it starts with awareness. Being more aware of how your mind works, and how it affects your daily life. How can you affect your mind? What you do want to feed it? That is food for thought. :)