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.
It’s part of the Swedish heritage to do your duty and ‘work hard’. Maybe it’s also part of our western culture. We should be busy and stressed. And happy. And good looking. And trying saving the world. With everything that should be done, we need to keep busy. It seems somewhat trendy to answer the ‘how are you-question’ with a sigh and ‘Oh, I’m so busy’.
Busyness today might look like a symbol of achievement and status. But does it really matter how our lives look like to the outside world? It comes back to the question ‘What is really important’? If we are too busy we might not have time to answer that question. In worst case you spend decades being busy for something that someone else convinced you that you should want or be, without realising it won’t make you happy.
A man who gave a talk about mindfulness said that the Chinese symbol for ‘busy’ consists of two symbols meaning ‘kill’ and ‘heart’. If you try to live as fast as possible, don’t you miss out on things? Maybe it’s better to live as slow as possible?
Just being busy is not a bad thing. What matters is how it affects you and others around you. There might be a sense of purpose to being busy, but there might also be a sense of stress and never having enough time. I know the feeling. Having my own business means there is always something that should be done.
There has been times when I have felt bad and ashamed when I’m not working hard. As if a police officer would suddenly tap me on the shoulder and ask ‘hey, what do you think you’re doing?’ It’s taken a long time to be free of the mental Swedish police officer. It’s easy to fall into the trap of working too much when all my work is so much fun. What is ‘too much’ depends on if I have spent enough time in nature, eaten well, slept well and done my physical training. When I work too much I don’t work very well. I get blasting migraines, forget things, don’t have as much energy to put into my speaking jobs, and my family and friends suffer. The loss of time and life during the migraines is my threat and reminder to keep calm.
Most of us know we’re better people when we are less busy and more present. When we do what we truly want to do and take care of ourselves we become better human beings, more kind partners, patient parents or understanding co-workers. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter which degree you have, how much money you make or the clothes you wear. It’s about if you’re really where you want to be, doing what you think you should be doing. It’s about not wasting your life.
Here is a few ideas to handle the ‘shoulds’ that has worked for me:
– find out what you think is important and do more of that
– stop listening to what others think you should do. They don’t hold your answers.
– do boring things quickly and fun things slower
– let go of what holds you back
– Stop multitasking
– Question where your time goes, and if possible, make time consuming tasks more efficient.
– stop doing things you hate doing
– make time for un-planned periods
– find small pockets of calm in tough working periods
2 1/2 day without speaking . Amongst other exercises all of 60 persons were sitting together through a 3-course dinner in silence. The only sound heard was the cutlery against the porcelain and it’s never been that loud before. The food has so much more taste when you notice that you are eating and focus on the flavour. When you become quiet, you will hear much more. Not only sounds on the outside, but you will hear your own thoughts. You will meet yourself. 60 persons each had their own adventure inside their heads.
Silence is good. I have been to seven 10-day silent retreats to explore silence and what happens. I have now been the guide of 3 silent weekend retreats, and that is a different story. This weekend we were at LOKA spa for our second retreat. Even though me and super-coach and psychologist Cecilia Duberg were talking, teaching and planning we were affected by the silence and exercises. We were amazed in the power of a weekend of silence and meditation. The collective peacefulness is contagious.
Just listening to your own thoughts and what you are saying to yourself in your mind can be an eye-opener. A silent retreat isn’t only about being silent. It’s about connecting with yourself. You might feel lost, frustrated, or restless. You might not have had/made time to connect with yourself if you are in a constant company with a smartphone and distractions around. Or you might have followed the road that everyone else takes or listened to what others think you should do instead of listening to the ‘voice inside’. During a retreat you will increase your ability to concentrate and focus, to be more present and alive. It might be about remembering things you forgot were important, about accepting something difficult, letting go of the past, making an important decision, facing your fears and finding courage. All of the above is nothing you can buy for money or search for in a book or on youtube, it’s something you have to experience.
Nothing on the outside changed during the weekend. Everything happened inside the mind and body. What is so amazing is that the outside world looks different because of our inside adventures.
Thanks all participants for sharing your weekend with us!
Life had a heavy theme the last days. Getting back to Sweden was getting back to sorrow and sadness for the passing of my grandmother. She was 95 years strong, but slowly fading away. As it was a constant dark curtain in the back of my mind since a few weeks, it was at it’s heaviest during yesterday’s funeral. When a coffin is out in the open and we are asked to say the final good bye the loss is so obvious and matter-of-factly. As if we could have put the final good bye off for a few more years. We didn’t want to say goodbye.
I’m trying to think logically, not let the sad heart take over the mind fully. My mind knows that my grandmother was tired. I wouldn’t want her to keep living only to not make the rest of us sad by her passing. She had a long and amazing life, having lived since the 1920’s. She told us stories of what it was like before electricity, cars and television. All that experience that is not alive anymore. That is why it’s so important to make memories. To spend time in real life with real people. Those memories will never fade. Also, her paintings and fantastic cookie recipes will stay with us for the rest of our lives.
The day before the funeral I was taking part in a interview for a new tv-series concerning death, life and the risks that comes with being alive. We talked about that we don’t often talk about death. As if we can trick death by not talking about it. It’s the only thing that is definitely certain to happen in life.
We can’t really talk about life without the blunt fact that it will end. Maybe all we can do to not worry and be sad about death is fill life with as much of being alive as we can. Maybe that’s a way to ‘use’ death instead of letting it use us.
We both noticed the difference. It was easier to breathe and we had another sense of calm. The wonderful simplicity of island life goes deeper than just a visit. The closer to nature, the bigger the sense of peace. Living in a treehouse, feeling the wind through the gaps in the wood and hearing the ocean below was the ultimate mix of elements.
A photo of the tree house suddenly showed up in a social media feed. I recognized the view as Nusa Penida and quickly sent the photo with a ‘lets go?’ to my boyfriend. Boyfriend obviously said yes right away! There are only two tree houses and it’s far far away on the island. Probably as far away as possible from the little harbour where a speedboat drops you off. A motorcycle-rental later we were on the way. With only a small backpack each we moved quickly through the jungle and ocean roads. Google maps showed tiny trails that were pretty good in real life. There were next to no road signs and my boyfriends’ fluent Indonesian language skills came to good use.
As we arrived at a small open hut in Warung-style a local staff said we’d arrived. Looking at the trees around there were no tree houses in sight. The young Balinese man showed us downhill a ridge. As we turned a corner my mouth dropped and I stopped in the middle of a big step. The view! It might classify as one of the best views ever!! I almost jumped up and down saying ‘look, look!’. Everyone looked. The local guy seemed used to the reaction and pointed to the little houses in a clearing lower down. We chose the one closest to the cliff. Wooden ladders led up some 8 meters to the little tree house. Monkeys skittered away as we made our way in. The interior was very basic; a bed with a terrible mattress, a little table and some nails in the wall for hangers. The whole house swayed as we moved in. Never mind the interior – the view was half of the experience!
Having only two nights it was hard to choose which parts of the island to explore, but I think we managed to find the best spots, including a completely deserted beach that took a bit of climbing to reach. For future Nusa Penida-travellers we can recommend: The tree house! Atuh beach, Suwehan, Kelingking ridge and some snorkelling and freediving along the north coast. There is also ‘manta point’ on Nusa penida, which is best experienced freediving from a boat.
It’s no surprise that coming back to the outskirts of downtown Denpasar was a bit of a shock.
The tree house is on airbnb here.
As I finished my first real book last year it is as if I ran out of words to write. The hours and minutes of writing every day have been spent on answering e-mails. The flow of e-mails sometimes seems endless! But it’s not just spending time writing e-mails, it’s life passing. I like to think that every hour of life matters. Allowing hours and days just passing without meaning seems like a waste of life, so why not decide to make better use of time. Why not answer e-mails more efficiently! I believe it’s good to ask yourself what is meaningful and how do you really want to spend your life?
I explain the lack of writing with a lack of passion. I’m hugely driven by passion. In my life passion is the same as energy. It’s a privilege to live by passion. When I truly want to do something there is never a lack of energy. The thing is you have to make time to allow for passion to happen. If your schedule every day is packed with tasks and missions there might not be time to find passion of even realise what is your passion?
I love to do lots of things and I especially love my job. When I get asked to work more I optimistically always say’ YES!’ It sounds like fun and good work and I can fit it in somehow. Suddenly there is no more time left. It’s not always great to be optimistic. But now I’m going to get better at planning for space. There will be ’empty’ days in my calendar to feed passion, write, go on adventures and keep working on my houseboat. I’ll write more again. I have ideas for a new book waiting to be sent to my favourite publisher at Bonnier!
I’m now in Bali with a mix of work, research and free time to surf, yoga and freedive. If you want to see photos, check out my instagram https://www.instagram.com/annelieadventures/
Here is a small update of things coming up that might interest you:
WWF, Universeum och Annelie Pompe inbjuder till en föreläsning 22/11 kl 18:30 om hur man hittar mod, motivation och tänker starkare tankar. Följ med på ett spännande äventyr med djupa hav och höga berg. Alla intäkter går till WWF’s insamling för att rädda haven. Du väljer själv vilket biljettpris du vill skänka till havet.
Biljetter köps via pompephotography.tictail.com
‘In the mountains you have to be hard, in the ocean you have to be soft’ – one of the top freedivers in the world told me once in broken Russian accent. I don’t agree. You have to be flexible in both places to survive. The mountains can make you hard, if you don’t watch out. They can also make you stronger. They can prove to you that you are so much stronger than you think, and they give you a different perspective of life. When you have managed to do something difficult it will automatically raise your trust in yourself. It will also be a great memory to use in the future. Whenever you stand in front of something hard you can tell yourself ‘I climbed that mountain, I can do this too’…
I left Ecuador with the feeling of strength, even though I didn’t make even half of the summits we tried to climb. I wasn’t there to summit, I was there for my group to summit. And that was what made me stronger – seeing their effort and how well they coped with difficult situations without a word of complaint when hit by hail storms, bad avalanche news and other situations. It’s never so much the place that matters, but who you are with. This group was great! Thank you again for joining me on this adventure.
It was a pioneering trip to Ecuador, and my first time in the country. We were there for mountains, but I’m sure my group will agree that the trip was about so much more than mountains. You learn about things you can’t explain. You learn about life. Here are a few photos from the trip and the beauty of Ecuador:
Another thing I really liked in Ecuador was the dogs. I love dogs! There was lots of dogs and most of them were well taken care of. I wish I could have helped all the wild dogs we saw. But all I did was give them some food from time to time and took photos of them… The first one is a wild wolf-fox-mix I saw in Chimborazo:
One photo was enough. I had to climb that mountain. It’s as if the mountain was speaking to me. it’s happened before. Everest called me when I was just 10 years old. I had to climb Everest. It was a dream. And dreams keep popping up. Last time a peak called me was in early february when the ‘sharkfin’ in Patagonia just had to be climbed. It was an amazing adventure.
Last year the mountain Stetind called out through a picture and promised me an extraordinary experience. I don’t know if it’s the shape of it, or just it’s sheer beauty. It it the ‘national peak’ of Norway. But last year was too busy and Stetind had to wait. Every climb is a promise of learning something. Each mountain is a teacher of it’s own. And when something is meant to happen, things line up. Both good ones and bad ones. This time my friend and photographer/journalist Emil asked me to climb that same mountain for a job he had to do, and one of my partners needed photos, preferably taken in Norway. Good timing. Having an injured shoulder and still being stomach sick was less good timing. It was even hard to tear myself away from the summer-ocean and friends to get up on a cold rock. But I always love it once I’m there.
Emil picked my up late from the airport. We arrived in darkness and woke up to a grey sky with tiny rain drops. Climbing didn’t happen the first day. Climbing mountains is a lot about patience. We stayed patient, did some computer work sitting in a car and a cafe and had a early camping dinner before sleeping in a tent below the peak.
Next morning the mountain finally came out of hiding and we saw the pointy peak from below. There are several climbing routes and a normal route to get up the peak. We chose the normal route which is mostly steep hiking before doing some running belays as well as regular belaying on the last part. It’s possible for everyone to reach the little peak by hiking, before going for the ridge over to the main summit. As my friend and partner in work hadn’t climbed multi-pitch for a while, and my shoulder is way beyond climbable we chose to do the normal route. It started by a beautiful hike through birch forest that led into the steep switchbacks on granite and gravel up to the small summit. We geared up and quickly scrambled out way to the crux. It was several hundred meters below and I got in touch with my fear of heights again…My foot slipped of a tiny ledge. I had what my friend calls ‘a freeze’. It took five or ten minutes to gather enough courage to have another go. It was anything but a graceful move upwards but I made it.
The summit ridge was all scrambling and fun. I placed gear every now and then, but the rest of the climb was really easy. There was no sudden summit. It was as big as a small football field but the highest point was marked by a wooden statue. The best reward however, was the view! Endless fjords and rocky peaks; my two favourite types of nature.
Hälsopsykologi från Harvard möter mental styrka från Mount Everest!
MODIG & MINDFUL – Unikt RETREAT I TYSTNAD vid hälsokällan i Bergslagen.
23-25 september 2016
Träffa Annelie Pompe – kvinnan som bestigit världens 7 högsta toppar och har en Världsmästartitel i fridykning. Hon är en av sveriges främsta äventyrare med vana att guida såväl den inre som den yttre resan i extrema miljöer. Möt också Cecilia Duberg, psykolog och mental tränare som coachar ledare och elitidrottare mot att uppnå drömmar och stor framgång med personlig utveckling och mental hälsa i fokus. Tillsammans tar Annelie och Cecilia med dig på en av de största utmaningarna som finns: den inre resan i att vara tyst i flera dagar och möta sig själv!
En unik helg av:
Du behöver inte ha några förkunskaper i varken yoga eller mental träning för att delta. Det krävs inga förberedelser eller fysisk styrka och du behöver inte oroa dig för att det vi ska göra är flummigt eller konstigt. Allt du behöver göra, är att gå med på att stänga av mobilen i några dagar, vara helt tyst, slappna av och nyfiket lita på dina ledare.
Retreatet startar på fredagen efter incheckning, middag och informationsmöte. Tystnaden inleds av en ritual under kvällen och avslutas med en ceremoni på söndagen där vi öppnar munnen och delar med oss av våra viktigaste lärdomar innan vi åker hem.
Paketpriset innehåller ett fullt program med Annelie och Cecilia från fredag kl 18.00 till söndag kl 16.00, helpension i enkelrum, all mat och alla aktiviteter.
Varmt välkommen på ett annorlunda, spännande retreat vid hälsokällan i bergslagen.
Pris: 4.885 kr (inkl. moms)
Inkluderar boende, alla pass och en underbar tystnad.
Vill du passa på att stanna några dagar extra och smälta dina intryck? Det såklart utmärkt, boka det separat direkt med Loka brunn.
Mer om retreatets ledare:
Cecilia Duberg är psykologen och mental tränaren som gör lika mycket nytta på idrottsarenan som på businessgolvet. Med specialistkompetens i hälsopsykologi, idrottspsykologi och ledarutveckling är hon en stark coach när människor behöver fungera bra och hållbart i krävande situationer. Hon är även skolad och erfaren terapeut i KBT och ACT, samt har filosofi som huvudämne i sin magisterexamen.
Annelie är professionell äventyrare med en lång bakgrund inom mental träning, idrottspsykologi och det inre äventyret. Hon har jobbat som föreläsare och workshop-ledare samt yogainstruktör och coach. Annelie har varit på 7 tystnadsretreat a 10 dagar och insett vilken stor kraft det finns i att dra sig tillbaka och landa mellan jobb och nya äventyr. Att landa i sig själv är att vara trygg i sig själv. Att vara på retreat är att möta sig själv. Vågar du?
Me and one of my favourite ex-boyfriends had a saying: less than 3 activities in one day and we call it a ‘rest-day’. This weekend was all but a rest day. During the saturday I was part of a new concept in a freshly restored ocean-hotel and conference which is now also a spa! Tanumstrand. It’s situated right on one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world; the Swedish west coast. It’s a playground for adventure sports. The concept was called ‘multi-experience’. It is about getting new and awesome experiences in nature.
I’m generally very optimistic, and at first look that the schedule looked fine. I’d do what I would usually teach in 3-4 days – all in one day! You will never know how it will work unless you try. So we tried. And it was a success! Not because of my optimism or the flexibility of the organiser, but the flow and happiness that went trough the whole day and group. When you work with happy people that are open minded life is just so much better.
That’s why I think it’s so great to meet new people in activities outdoor. You already have a important common interest! People who are used to being in the outdoors, and are used to sports and challenges also complain less. They don’t mind that it’s only 12 degrees in the water, or that they have to eat lunch in the sweaty clothes from kayaking just to get more time on the ocean. It was so much fun I didn’t want to leave but redo that day over and over. (So we decided to to it all again in september!)
What we managed to squeeze in one day (starting at 9 am) was; kayaking, beach-clean up, breath-hold workshop (one beginner held his breath for 5min 15 seconds), freediving from a rib-boat or SUP, yoga, sauna in a tent and finally I gave a talk before dinner. I think we all slept pretty well that night. And we learned a thing or two :-)
When I heard he reached the summit I was so certain of that he was strong enough to he’d get down again. As if the alternative didn’t even exist. Even though 80% of the accidents happen on the way down.
I know he really really wanted to reach the summit. It was his 4’th try (?) though some report says 5.
In the midst of sadness I’m happy he finally got to see the view from the top of the world.
One report says he had frostbite on fingers and eyes. It says he died in his sleep of altitude sickness.
I wonder if he knew. If he felt his last breath in camp 4.
I’m so so sorry.
For him and his family and friends.
Eric Arnold and me did our first 8000m expedition together. We were the same age with the same passion. We loved mountains. We both felt the calling of mount Everest as a childhood dream and trying to climb Cho Oyu together was supposed to be a good experience and training. We had lots of fun, made memories that are no longer shared by two. Eric was very wise and kind as a friend and climbing partner. We talked just a few weeks before he died. We agreed we’d try to climb another mountain together next year. After Everest.
This is the second climbing partner I loose on Everest. It’s not Everest’s fault. The mountain doesn’t kill people. But Everest is controversial. Everyone has an opinion. Everyone has heard something about something and takes it for a fact. But if you haven’t been there you have no idea what it’s like. Don’t believe everything you read.
It’s tough having friends in extreme sports. But maybe I appreciate them even more because I know that we’d better make the best we can if we don’t see each other again. Not taking life for granted might make us appreciate it more. It’s not something we say out loud every time, but I believe it’s there in the background of an adventurers friendship. But it makes it no easier when it happens. I don’t like when people say ‘he died doing what he loved’, as if it’s a valid explanation. But he did die living his big dream, which is somehow different.
People don’t talk much about death in general, trying to avoid thoughts about it. But the only thing certain in life is death. The time before that is all we really have in life. So what do you want to do while you are still alive? Those thoughts might make you live more, forgive more easily, be more kind and maybe not waste time complaining.
‘Normal’ people think we’re crazy ‘risking our lives’ to climb mountains. Those people doesn’t realise we’re not there with the intention ‘now I’m going to risk my life’. Instead we avoid as many risks as we can when climbing, by being well prepared and not go up when it doesn’t look good or the body is not well. But altitude sickness might sneak up on you.
It would be a greater risk for us to not do the thing we love the most. It would be a great risk living an entire life without feeling truly alive. I’m sure Eric felt the very essence of being alive when climbing.
We are all different. We experience life differently. Being judgemental and comparing just kills the possibility to learn and understand. I understand it is hard to understand for family and friends who are not in the mountains. I can’t imagine the horror his family is going through, and I send them my warmest thoughts. In mourning I went through photos and happy memories of hiking and climbing with him.
Jag minns det som en enda stor lekplats. Spännande och allvarligt på samma gång. En fartygsflotta, och en ubåt! Mest ville jag klättra omkring och utforska. Så inte mycket av den biten har förändrats sedan jag var barn! Numera är jag ambassadör för Maritiman i göteborgs hamn :-) De har sedan ett tag haft en maskot som heter ‘virvelina’. Hon älskar äventyr, bryr sig om miljön och bor på en båt. Hon är ritad med blont hår och jag kunde inte låta bli att känna igen mig. Jag håller som bäst på att försöka bo på en husbåt så det passar perfekt!
Maritiman har som nyhet i år något som kallas havslabbet där man kan lära sig och känna på delar av havet samt tyvärr se hur all plast påverkar havsmiljön.
Jag kommer vara där nu på lördag 14’e maj mellan ca 11:00-15:00. Har med mig böcker till signering!
Att göra nya saker är alltid ett äventyr. Sista helgen i maj blir det workshop-race! halva fredag och lördag på västkusten i natursköna Tanumstrand blir det vattenäventyr och möjlighet att testa kajakpaddling, sup och fridykning i vackraste bohuslän. söndag 29’e maj blir det inre äventyr där man kan lära sig Yin yoga och att andas på ett bättre sätt i Stockholm tillsammans med mig och Sofie Ringsten. Mer info nedan!
27-29’e maj: Multi-experience på Tanumstrand. Yoga, äventyr och SPA!
Häng med multiäventyraren Annelie Pompe på outdoor-aktiviteter i Fjällbacka skärgård. En aktiv och avkopplande helg vid havet! Massor av frisk havsluft, kul aktiviteter och inspirerande föreläsningar.
Prova på att paddla kajak, Stand Up Paddle (SUP), fridykning, Trail Running vid naturreservatet Tjurpannan, Yoga, att bada Sibirisk Banya. Bekvämt och modernt boende i TanumStrands fina hotellrum, skaldjursbuffé på fredag kväll och trerättersmiddag på lördag i nya restaurang Latitud 58°.
Passa på att kombinera med TanumStrands nyöppnade SPA Horisont, eller gör egna strövtåg i den vackra kustmiljön.
29’e maj: Yin yoga och breath awareness, Yoga shakti i Stockholm
The class will be taught in swedish or english depending on the students.
Incorporating yoga and breath awareness into your current athletic programming is an excellent performance and mobility enhancer. In this five hour workshop for surfers and athletes, we´ll be focusing on yoga for injury prevention and recovery, as well as how to breathe better and hold your breath.
Yin Yoga accesses the joints, ligaments and tendons (fascia), ”the other 50% of the body” that you don’t exercise in sports, conventional yoga and even day-to-day activities. We tend to focus solely on our muscles and forget the fascia, until something breaks down and we start to feel it and seek solutions.
Yin Yoga extends and strengthens the deep layers of fascia that encapsulates the body, and is often known as yoga for the joints. It´s an exceptionally beneficial practice for athletes as it can prolong athletic performance. Though Yin Yoga accesses all parts of the body, it concentrates predominantly on the lower half of the body. An athlete’s thighs: hamstrings, quadriceps, glutes and IT Band – are high traffic areas, used in running, surfing etc. The hip flexors, adductors and abductors are also important muscles for athletes. With the average of 3 to 5 minute holds in each yin yoga pose, we gently ‘melt down’ the fascia surrounding the muscles in those areas well used in sport, bringing the fascia to a more liquid, pliable and mobile phase.
Breathe better & hold your breath
As a surfer your breath is important, not only when you might get pulled down by a wave, but to stay calm and focused. As a runner, or other athlete, you also benefit from learning how to breathe and use your breath more effectively.
You breathe every day, but how aware are you of your breath? In this workshop you´ll get tools to get to know your breath fully, how to get more oxygen into your lungs per breath, how to breath better as well as being comfortable holding your breath. Your teacher, Annelie Pompe, can hold her breath for 6 minutes and freedive to 126m as well as endure low oxygen levels in the Himalayas. It’s all about breathing well.
All levels welcome – and all athletes welcome!
Pris: 850 sek
Boka din plats! email@example.com
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Sofie Ringsten – Yin Yoga, SUP Yoga & Surf Yoga
Ex police officer and elite athlete in martial arts. One of Sweden´s leading Yin Yoga teachers and trainers. SUP Yoga pioneer in Sweden. Yoga for Surfers/Athletes teacher. Stand up paddle surfer, sponsored by Roxy.
Professional adventurer, motivational speaker, personal trainer and life coach. World record holder in free diving. Loves surfing, yoga, kayaking and outdoor living. Author of ”Otroligt högt och extremt djupt”.
text in english below the photos
Jag har försökt döda en fisk. Det var i Bahamas när jag fridök med harpunfiskare. Jag hade en kamera, de hade vapen. Under en middag med dem smakade jag på en liten del av den fisk som de hade dödat, efter att ha varit vegetarian i 10 år.
Jag tror att harpunfiske är den bästa formen av hållbart fiske så länge de inte fiskar ut reven. Det kommersiella fisket håller på att döda våra hav. Inget vet hur det kommer påverka resten av jorden. Eftersom mina vänner hade valt och ätit bara den fisk som behövdes, verkade det rättvist. Men inte riktigt rättvist eftersom jag inte hade skjutit fisken själv. Så under ett av de sista fridyken bytte jag min kamera mot ett ‘hawaiian sling’-spjut. Min vän pekade på en välsmakande fisk som var på botten. Jag tog ett andetag och dök ner till ca 12 meters djup. Jag är en besökare i fiskvärlden. Fisken, en hawkfish, var nästan stilla på botten, inte särskilt fiskliknande. Jag riktade spjutet mot fiskens huvud. Mitt hjärta slog hårt i bröstet. Fisken gjorde en nervös rörelse med sin bröstfena. Fisken har också ett hjärta. Jag undrade om den känner rädsla. Så vinklade fisken sitt öga och såg på mig. Mitt hjärta hoppade till. Vi tittade på varandra och jag skämdes.
Hur skulle jag kunna ta ett liv? En lyckligt fritt liv i havet.
Skulle du kunna ta ett liv som sett dig i ögonen?
Jag tror att det är bra att ifrågasätta sig själv. Varför gör du eller äter vissa saker. Jag har ifrågasatt mitt liv som vegetarian, och mitt svar är starkare än någonsin. Folk frågar mig varför. Jag har massor av stora svar; respekt för livet, miljöpåverkan och hälsa. Jag känner mig lätt och stark utan kött. Det är lätt att vara vegetarian. Att inte vara vegatarian är snarare att inte tänka och att leva själviskt. Någon kommer garanterat med argumentet: människan är född köttätare. På den tiden såg inte världen ut som den gör idag. Fisk/Köttindustrin är fruktansvärd på så många sätt. Vill du veta hur det verkligen går till så titta här: https://youtu.be/5oTCA9V3eNs
Jag är ingen anklagande vegetarian. Jag ser inte ner på folk som äter kött. Men jag hoppas att köttätare ifrågasätter sig själva, och kanske provar vegetarisk kost några dagar i veckan.
Sedan jag blev vegetarian över 10 år sedan har jag satt världsrekord i fridykning och klättrat 7 summits. Jag har också marklyft nästan 100 kg och sprungit 30k i skogen. Jag behöver inte kött att vara en bra atlet.
Men jag behöver veta vad man ska äta för att hålla sig frisk och stark. Jag tror i vilket fall att det är bra att ha en grundkunskap om kost och hur man påverkas av det man äter. Jag kompletterar min mat med multivitamintillskott och vitamin B och järn. Och jag se till att jag äter minst 2-3 olika proteinkällor varje dag. En stor förändring i min kost är upptäckten av ”superfoods”. Jag kan känna förändringen i min energinivå när jag lagt till vetegräs, chia, goji och hampa. De är perfekta att ha i goda smoothies! Jag använder kosttillskott från Greath earth eftersom de är ekologiska och har bra kvalitet. Utöver det undviker jag ägg, men använder en mjölkprodukt; kvarg, för att det är ett enkelt och gott sätt att få i sig protein. När jag är ute på resor och äventyr har jag alltid med mig proteinbars ifall att jag skulle vara utan andra proteinkällor ett tag.
Min favorit just nu är gröna juicer. Här är ett repect på vetegräs-mix:
Mixa i blender eller med mixerstav
– 2 dl apelsinjuice (utan tillsatt socker)
– 1/2 dl pressad citron
– 2 tsk vetegräspulver
– 1 tsk hampaproteinpulver
– 1 msk riven ingefära
– tsk gurkmeja
Ryan Myers filmed me with my camera when I tried to kill a fish with his spear.
Being a vegetarian adventurer
I have tried to kill a fish. It was in Bahamas while freediving with spearfishers. I had a camera, they had weapons. One time at dinner I had tried eating a tiny part of the fish they had killed, after having been a vegetarian for 10 years.
I think spearfishing is the best form of sustainable fishing. The commersial fishing industry is killing our seas. No one knows how that will affect the rest of the world. Since my friends had chosen and eaten just the fish needed, it seemed fair. But not really fair since I hadn’t shot the fish myself. So for one of the last dives I traded my camera for a hawaiian sling spear. My friend pointed out a tasty fish that was still on the bottom.
I took a breath and went down to about 12m depth.
a visitor in the fish world
The fish just sat there, completely still and not very fish-like
I pointed the spear to the fish head
I could feel my heart beating.
The fish made a nervous movement with its chest fin
The fish also has a heart. I wondered if it feels fear
Then it turned it’s eye and looked at me
My heart jumped
We looked at each other and I was ashamed.
How could I possibly take a life? A happy free life in the ocean.
I believe it’s good to question yourself. Why do you do or eat certain things. I have questioned my life as a vegetarian, and my answer is stronger than ever. People ask me why. I have lots of big answers; respect for life, environment, health. I feel light and strong without meat. It’s easy being a vegetarian. The world needs more vegetarians. But I’m not a judgmental vegetarian. I just hope you know what you are doing, eating meat. If you don’t know – look at this: https://youtu.be/5oTCA9V3eNs
Since I became vegetarian over 10 years ago. I have set a world record in freediving and climbed the 7 summits. I have also deadlifted almost 100kg and ran 30k in the forest. I don’t need meat to be a good athlete.
But I do need to know what to eat to keep healthy. I supplement with vitamin B’s and iron. And I make sure I eat at least 2-3 different sources of protein every day. A big change in my nutrition is the arrival of ‘superfoods’. I can feel the change in my energy level when I eat foods like wheatgrass, chia, goji and hemp. I have the luck of being sponsored by Great Earth supplements. Apart from supplements I try to eat as much non processed foods at possible. When I’m out on travels and adventures I always bring protein bars, just in case I don’t find any other sources for a while..
He was on the summit of Everest one day after me. 21’st of may he paraglided from the summit down to earth, landing by a really rough river which he river kayaked all the way to the ocean together with a friend. You might expect him to be a big, tough macho man. But he’s a small Nepali guy with a huge smile and a big heart.
I remember hearing about him in Everest basecamp as I was thinking ‘hm, paragliding – I want to try that one day’. That one day was last week. My teacher was Babu Sanuwar, the man who paraglided of Everest. He’s a master at what he does. One time he pointed to a eagle flying saying ‘Look – there is master’. He says paragliding is a feeling-sport, not a fighting-sport and that we must learn to fly like birds, by feeling instead of watching instruments.
The kind and humble adventurers who love nature are different from the adrenaline junkies. The nature lovers have put a lot thought, kindness and wisdom into their sport. I quickly realised Babu is much more than an instructor in paragliding, he’s a guru of life. As I learnt to fly like a bird, he taught me and reminded me of so much more;
Most other paragliding instructors in Nepal are cool frenchmen or americans, showing off one of the most beautiful countries in the world. I think Nepal needs more Babu’s. And Babu somehow realised this and is now teaching a bunch of young passionate Nepali the long way to becoming a master instructor.
In the end, after having made a quick progress and learned a lot Babu shook my hand and gave me a compliment, accompanied by a big smile: ‘congratulations, you are not normal’.
It’s all about people. Knowing more than half the people in the group, I knew it would be a good one. I know that people affect each other. If they are all mostly optimistic with a flexible mindset, it will be a great group dynamic. If they have a great inspiring leader it gets even better. That leader is my great friend Chhiring Dorje Sherpa. He was the guide. I was the more technical feel-good assistant guide, ever grateful just to be in his presence. We also had a good cause as a charity expedition – we brought some economy and hope to this small and poor valley. We only saw a few other western tourists, but only on the way out of the valley. Our ascent of Yalung Ri was the first of this year.
An adventure will happen if you put people in magical surroundings, on a good mission with a great leader. This valley is Rolwaling. A remote valley you can only reach by a long jeep ride and a few days hike. After the earthquake this beautiful valley was cut of from the world for several months. It survived thanks to – people, resilience and willingness to help.
If you are tired of doing the same kind of vacations and trips, this kind is for you. This is different. This is remote, real, off the beaten track. This is nature partly still untouched by human beings. This is nature protected by mountain gods and guru Rinpoche. This is a valley where the history of tibetan buddhism left physical traces. This is where you make a change in peoples lives, and where your life is changed in the process. This is a kind of magic. This is where you can find peacefulness, friends, deep slow breathing, simplicity, freedom and learn to appreciate the small things in life. This is gratefulness.
This is not really about climbing a mountain, it’s about what happens on the way. On the inside. The answer to why we climb is somewhere between the base and the top of the mountain.
I have over a thousand photos from this trip. Much thanks to Olympus amazing new lens I tried; a splashproof 12-40mm f.2,8 used with my Olympus OM-D mark II. As usual my tough TG-4 as a backup.
Jag är i skrivande stund i bergen i Nepal. En av skaparna bad mig skriva en tidsinställd blänkare innan jag försvann från internets gränser. Filmen har nämligen premiär i Sverige! 12, 13, 14 april. Kolla här för städer, tider, filmer och biljetter. Två dokumentärfilmare förföljde mig under många år och filmade allt från världsrekord i fridykning, halvvägs upp på Everest och efteråt. Här är trailern:
I’m home. That’s what it feels like landing in Kathmandu, amongst the mountains. I’m not much of a city person, but I like Kathmandu for a few days. And I love the Himalaya. I’m so grateful to be able to share this with guiding a group of 8 swedes, and we’re here to do good on this charity expedition into the Rolwaling valley. I’m super happy to again meet and work with one of my foremost role models and favourite people in the world, Chhiring dorje Sherpa. He’s a living hero.
I love countries with friendly people. Nepal is extremely friendly, even though it’s so poor. It brings an immediate response of wanting to give back, as a thanks for all the amazing meetings and experiences here. It also brings on a feeling of helplessness. Especially seeing that the earthquake brought the country back so many years. I want to do more. But I’m doing what I can, for now.
Tomorrow we are off into the mountains. It’s way past the borders of wifi, and I’m super happy about that too! But I will try the one-way messaging system by satellite called Spot Connect. It connects over bluethooth to your smartphone and is extremely small and lightweight. Hope it works! I might then be able to send a extremely short message-email to my blog, facebook-page and twitter. If not, I’ll be back online-ish on the 12’th april.
here are a few quick photos with the Olympus though, from a few hours of getting a blessing from a Lama. In the mountains I will test a new lens 12-40 f:2,8 so there will be lots of photos! :)
I have been living with the classical goal-setting mind. I love dreamy high goals. They motivate me and give me energy to go beyond my limits. I have always believed that if you don’t know where you are going – how will you get anywhere at all? Like the Alice in Wonderland moment:
One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. ”Which road do I take?” she asked. ”Where do you want to go?” was his response. ”I don’t know,” Alice answered. ”Then,” said the cat, ”it doesn’t matter.”
How can you achieve or perform anything without goals?
What if it depends on what you want to achieve?
This is a good example: Imagine you are having a conversation with a friend. You flow through different subjects and end up in amazing discussions exploring new ideas. What if you’d had a goal with the conversation? I would probably not be a very long conversation. If you have an agenda and have to force yourself to stay on track instead of wandering, it might be a straight boring path.
What if goals are limiting you from doing better and being happier? What if it just makes you more stressed? Having a set outcome might be confining. Being on a set path might make you less creative and passionate. And if you fail to reach your goal you might feel really bad. In fact, just the thought of possible failure might haunt you on the way to your goal.
A big problem with having a goal is that you might push your happiness forward. Thinking you will only be happy when you reach your goal. Goals might just keep you focused on the future, instead of the present. You might miss a lot of things going on right now, because your mind is set forward.
Also there is a danger with long-term-goals. They are fixed, but you are not. People change. What if you are on a 5-year goal-plan, and realise after 2 years you don’t really want to reach your 5-year goal, but another one? Do you force yourself to do 3 more years of the-wrong-thing?
At first I was sceptical to this. Its normal. When you hear about something ‘new’ for the first time that just doesn’t fit with your view of the world – you will dislike it. You will be sceptical. You might dismiss and reject it from then on, having made up your mind. Or you might be open minded and give it a try.
Fist time I read about the no-goal-philosophy I was sceptical. But is has not left my mind. I have been thinking about it during freediving. As I set my goal to freedive to 102 meters and take a world record that seems the ultimate goal. I was prepared to really fight and give everything to get there. But what if I’d set my goal to 110 meters? Maybe reaching 100m would have been easier. Or what if I’d had no goal with depth at all? I would just have freedived because I loved it so much and fed of the passion – and maybe reached much deeper.
The other day when I went to the gym, I tried a goal less workout. I didn’t have any goal with the session, which I usually always do. Instead I just went around to different weights and machines and totally enjoyed myself. I had the best and most fun workout in a long time! Not having goals take away structure, but it lives of flexibility, passion and happiness?? I might explore this further..
Foto: Ola Dyrhill, från föreläsning på Nordic Wellness
Ursäkta att jag är sen att lägga ut sådant här. Ska bättra mig!
Här är iallafall några av närmsta 10 dagarnas öppna föreläsningar:
15/3 Idag (!) Avesta bibliotek: http://bibliotek.avesta.se/web/arena/evenemang
20/3: westcoast outdoor, göteborg: http://westcoastoutdoor.se/2016/03/07/388/
21/3: vuxenskolan göteborg:
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