Mt. Gaurishanker

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.
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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
Management fee

Sevice Not Included in the Price:
International Flights
Personal trekking gears
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
Emergency evacuation by helicopter

Price: $2,900/person
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.

Thanks to Robin Trygg for the photos below of Rolwaling!
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Photo by Roger Borgelid

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

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‘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:

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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:
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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.
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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:

  • Mental vila och tystnad för inre ro
  • Yoga – för alla
  • Spännande föreläsningar och workshops
  • Naturupplevelser som öppnar dina sinnen
  • Tid för eftertanke och reflektion
  • Bra mat för både kropp och själ
  • Insikter om hjärnan och kroppens återhämtningssystem
  • Överaskningar

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.

  • När retreatet närmar sig kommer vi skicka ut ytterligare information inför din vistelse. Redan nu  kan vi avslöja att du bör packa mycket lätt.
  • Du kommer inte få något tidsschema för dagarna, då en del av upplevelsen är att vara närvarande i nuet, lita på processen och inte planera. För de som är oroliga redan nu kommer det finnas ett ‘nödnummer’ som familj kan använda för att komma i kontakt med retreatet.

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.

Boka på Loka Brunns hemsida
Boka via epost till Loka Brunn
Ring och boka: 0591 – 631 00

Vill du passa på att stanna några dagar extra och smälta dina intryck? Det såklart utmärkt, boka det separat direkt med Loka brunn. 

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Mer om retreatets ledare:
CECILIA DUBERG
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 POMPE
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? 

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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 :-)

Thank you everyone at Tanumstrand, Hasse, Skärgårdsidyllen for kayaking, Pelle at west point divers for diving support and super-nice multi-experience group! You are all amazing and brave.

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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.

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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!
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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! ringsten@hotmail.com
(Begränsat antal platser)

About us:
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.

More info:
www.sofieringsten.com

Annelie Pompe:
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”.

 

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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.

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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

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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.
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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..
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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;

  1. If you are afraid of the landing the flight will be bad
    If you think about everything that can go wrong with what you are trying to do, the way there will not be very enjoyable. If half of the body and mind is prepared to fail the result will probably not be very good. When we are tense and afraid we just don’t function very well.
  2. Don’t look at the goats!
    I was worried to crash on the goats that were running around close to the landing. Babu just told me to not look at the goats. In paragliding you fly where you look with your eyes. If you focus on the ground you will crash. If you look to the rock on your right and focus on it, that’s where you will fly. You simply need to focus on where you want to go, not where you don’t want to go!
  3. Simple is so much better.
    Suddenly we were flying. It was my first time and the tandem takeoff to our training ground happened so fast and so easy I was surprised. Babu said that keeping it simple is so much better. So many people make things much more complicated than necessary. Why does people complicate things? he asked. He says flying in the sky is a lot much simple than living on the ground.
  4. Control & Check, Decide, Fly
    This is how you fly. Make sure you and the glider is under control, and don’t let this phase take too long. Check your lines. A few seconds is enough. Then you need to make your decision. You accelerate and then fly. Keep it simple.
     Don’t overthink things.
  5. Small things make a very big difference
    In paragliding (and in life) details are important. Pay attention to details. Small things do make a big difference. If a line is tangled or you just don’t feel well – it could end in death. Do the basic job well.
     Trust yourself.
  6. Nothing is perfect all the time. It takes time to learn
    As I was frustrated I didn’t get it right several times in a row, Babu laughed with me. Said ‘of course you can’t make it perfect, you just started. If it was easy you could learn from a DVD. Nothing is perfect all the time, like a computer. Even a computer breaks down sometimes’.

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’.

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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.

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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:


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/138063619″>Trailer &quot;Kvinnan som ville bli h&ouml;gst och djupast i v&auml;rlden&quot;</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user782949″>Emil Sergel</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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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! :)

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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..

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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:
Annelie Pompe, välkänd äventyrare, bergsklättrare och fridykare, tar oss med på sina fantastiska äventyr runt om i världen, fyllda av utmaningar, passion, mod – och rädsla.

Tid: 18.30 • Plats: RedbergsTeatern
Entré: 120 kr

Kommer mer framöver, när jag kommer hem från Nepal :-)

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Have you heard the sound of snow falling on the ocean? Have you watched perfect snowflakes melting to water? Do you know the smell of the sea mixing with winter?

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Sayulita is a easy going town on the Mexican west coast just north of Puerto Vallarta. People drive around in golf cars with surfboards on the roofs. Or they walk barefoot and drink beer or green smoothies or both. Mexican cowboys mix with american tourists, surfers and bohemic yogis. Plastic are more or less banned and the food is mostly organic. It’s a small paradise. How can it not when there is a ice cream shop called ”the happiness factory”!

It was somewhat weird to transit from Antarctica and patagonia to this. First time in the ocean I felt strangely out-of-place. That was before I rented a surfboard. 

Surfing and yoga is a great combination, and that’s how most of the days went, with a few small breaks for work and photo assignments. But we also went for a great jungle hike climbing the highest mountain (pathfinding by looking for footsteps), and a sailing trip to the Marietas islands. There is the second place in the world (apart from Galapagos) where you can see the blue footed booby bird. The island has an amazing beach in the middle of it, and you can only get to it by swimming through a tunnel!

The surf was ok. I’m really not a picky surfer. I’ll surf anything and am happy just being on the board in the water. I’m learning something new by every wave. The last few days a big swell came in and I spent some time getting over fears again. But in total a great semi-adventurous location! I can highly recommend it.

Now I’m in Sweden for almost a full month (!), before heading to fav. country Nepal to guide a charity trek with my hero Chhiring Dorje Sherpa. I’m living in gratefulness.

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By climbing Antarctica I realised how big this project was. What a way to finish. Antarctica is on the bottom of the world, almost opposite from Sweden and just really really far away. And outherworldy beautiful and grand. It was like being on another planet in all white silence.

It was also a great reminder from the mountains that we are there on their grace, never to conquer or win over the mountain. I was in great shape before I arrived, and lost it all in a airway infection. Vinson reminded me to stay humble.

It’s hard to wrap up 6 years of 7 continents. There was some freediving failed world record attempts, damaged lungs, a love story and a knee surgery in the way of some mountains, but those events were all good teachers. This is my way of trying to wrap it up, mountain by mountain.

Most people who want to do 7 summits start by Kilimanjaro or another small mountain. I started by the most difficult one, mount Everest. The mountain had been on my mind for 20 years until I couldn’t resist anymore. My childhood dream had to come true. In the emptiness after Everest I found a purpose in seeing there are more mountains, and on 6 more continents. It’s no secret I love travelling. As travelling and mountaineering goes hand in hand I decided it was my next goal.

Mount Everest, 2011
I still think about mount Everest every day. That should say it all. Everest is full of myths, stories, dreams and possibly mountain gods. It has a magic of it’s own. As I’m in Nepal I can feel the prescense of Everest. We’ll forever have a special relationship. No one else who have not been there can understand how Everest is. There are a lot of rumors of garbage, and rich Americans paying their way up. Neither is true. Mount Everest is beautiful and it’s a experience of a lifetime.

It took two months to climb and over two years to recover and come down from Everest. I got frostbitten fingertips as a memory. Everest bit my fingers and made it’s way into my soul forever.

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Mount Denali, 2012
Since Everest and before I had to be on a mountain during climbing season. I went to Denali the year after Everest and loved it all the same. Alaska was an amazingly beautiful place and I felt like home. I loved the filght into basecamp and I loved carrying a really heavy backpack AND pulling a heavy sled. If feels good to be self sufficient. The scenery was beautiful. There was lots of crevasses and it was very cold. It was also very friendly, as the americans usually are. We stopped at the fixed ropes as some climbers had to discuss the latest results in american football. We also had really good food.

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Mount Elbrus, 2013
I had no idea how this mountain was going to be like. I was happily surprised during the acclimatisation process that the scenery was so beautiful. I’d somehow expected all of russia to be hard concrete style. There’s not much security or safety measures on the mountain, and as anyone can go without a permit it’s become a dangerous mountain. We were lucky with weather and had a very easy summit push.
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Mount Aconcagua, 2013
This is a great mountain to prepare for higher altitudes without having a lot of climbing experience. It’s a good gradual acclimatisation and a lot of hiking. There’s nice sceneries but a lot of gravel and sand flying around. It’s one of the happiest and friendliest mountains I have been on. The higher 8000m peaks is often full of egos and macho-men, but the lower ones are often just people who really enjoy mountains and the outdoors which makes the atmosphere great. At one point we had a dinner with 11 different nationalities! I was in great shape for this climb and remember being worried it would be too easy. Then I wouldn’t enjoy the summit. I accepted more weight in my backpack and walked faster to give myself a challenge. Finally, at the summitpush, the wind picked up and I was happily fighting through it.

 

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Mount Kilimanjaro 2010-2016
I have climbed Kilimanjaro 7 times. I work as a guide and I love it every time. It’s as beautiful and different every time even though we do the same route. Hiking up Kilimanjaro is like hiking uphill from the equator to the arctic in 6 days as you will hike through 4 different ecological zones. It’s a dream for nature and photography enthusiasts as there’s new views every day. This mountain is a great way to see how you endure higher altitudes. Kilimanjaro is the world’s highest free standing mountain (out of a mountain range) so the view from the summit is spectacular. Next I’d like to climb mt. Kenya and mt. Meru which is close by.

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Mount Carstensz pyramid, 2015
Maybe the most special of the 7 summits. I had an amazing experience here as it became the best trip of my life. It was so remote, so far away from anything else it turned into a great adventure. There was also great luch with the group as we were 11 solo travellers that went extremely well toghether. To get to the base of the mountain you hike through the jungle for 6 days which made the whole trip together with a fun climb well worth the effort. It was tough and hard with a lot of rainfall which made it all the more fun. We had a great time at the summit and spent a record time of over and hour just enjoying the view before the rain came.

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Mount Vinson, 2016
Just flying to Antarctica is an experience in itself. Landing on the ice with a huge russian freightplane was amazing. Taking the first steps on the blue ice of the continent felt like we had landed on another planet. It was by far the cleanest mountain I have ever been to. ALE and all the climbers take great care to keep it clean. The climb itself is supposably very easy – if you are not ill with infections. The surroundings are beautiful and it’s fun with the 24 hours of sunlight. It could be compared to a mt. Denali miniversion, except usually it’s colder.

 

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I had a bout of sadness the day before the summit push as I didn’t want the 7 summits to be ‘over’. I kept feeling like it was my birthday, but I would only have it once in a lifetime. My rope team let me be the first to reach the summit that day. It was a huge experience. I cried happy tears.

Of all the mountains apart from kilimanjaro and elbrus I have been on expeditions where I didn’t know anyone else beforehand. I have made sure to use local organizers to get to know the culture better, and those two ideas has made the 7 summits the most fun. The best memory from this project is all the friends I have made during the climbs.

None of this could have been possible without the gear and support from my adventure partners. Thanks again to Bergans, Devold, Exped, ERV Europeiska and Olympus for all your support.

Many have asked how to get started – that might be another blog post!?

Many have asked me; so what’s next? First I’m going on a small vacation to celebrate the 7 summits. The first celebration was patagonia, next is surfing, yoga and hiking in Mexico! Then there’s lots more mountains to do. :-)

I also made a small video from clips from the 7 summits:

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Det finns platser kvar på min resa i Juni med expeditionsresor och tidningen IFORM! Behöver du kanske ett äventyr, eller något meningsfullt att träna för? Kilimanjaro är ett av mina favoritberg. Man vandrar från djungel till glaciärkantad bergstopp på bara 6 dagar! Det är världens högsta fristående berg, och från toppen kan man se ut över Afrikas stäpper. Ska man bara bestiga ett berg i sitt liv är det Kilimanjaro. Det är dessutom en respektabel höjd (5895m) och man behöver inga klätterkunskaper eller extra utrustning. Det är ett vandringsberg med magiska naturupplevelser. Jag har varit där 6 gånger och det är lika vackert varje gång.

Denna resan med Expeditionsresor och IFORM och mig blir lite speciell då vi även kommer göra enklare yoga före och efter turen, samt övningar för att andas bättre och bli mentalt starkare. Jag guidar tillsammans med en av mina favoritkollegor Jonas Sundquist. Vi är två fotografer som gärna delar med oss av fototips och ser till att ni kommer hem med bra bilder!

Du kan läsa mer på Expeditionsresors hemsida: http://www.expeditionsresor.se/resmal/kilimanjaro-iform/
Hör av dig om du har frågor eller funderingar!

Är du sugen på något lite tuffare så guidar jag även två toppbestigningar i Ecuador i höst! Mer här:
http://www.expeditionsresor.se/resmal/chimborazo/

Här är några bilder från förra året:

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Patagonia. There was magic in the air. I inhaled it and it will stay with me forever. And I will have to go back. The place made such a big impression I’m still overwhelmed. So I might have to go back just to check it again – and take more photos. And climb more mountains.

I have been climbing since I was 14 years old, and suddenly I felt like a child again. Patagonia is a playground for the adventurous nature lover. There is hiking, climbing, mountainbiking, mountaineering, kayaking, horse riding and fishing. The nature is ever changing. Patagonia has a unique microclimate that makes the weather very unpredictable. I like it. And then there’s the wind. You could hear it from far away, like a incoming train. It comes closer and closer as the sounds gets louder. You will lean in towards the rock and feel it caress you roughly, tousling your hair into a wild mess. As the wind passes and increases it might eventually hit a rock wall straight on with a loud ‘pang’. It will probably be accompanied by the sound of falling rocks and the groan of a slow moving glacier.

I gave it all. Not having recovered from the Antarctic, it was still all I could do. I was still coughing from an airway infection but Patagonia left me no choice. Torres del paine had to be explored. Staying with new friends, we hiked, biked and kayaked together. As they had to leave I spotted something. It called out to me, as some mountains just do. Between the massive towers was a sharkfin. A huge grey fin rising out of the ground. It asked to be climbed and experienced, as if it had something it wanted to teach me. Not a rock to be conquered, just experienced. I needed to see what I would learn from it.

First all I heard was ‘no, it will take a week to get the permit’. Then I found Jorge. (You can find him at patagonia adventure hostel!) He’s the kind of person who thinks it’s possible to do anything with some dedication and passion. He got the permit in 2 days. So we went off to climb. It was tough. I really liked how Jorge didn’t treat me different just because I’m a woman and quite small. Without a word we both carried an equal of 24 kilos in out backpacks. It’s almost half of my bodyweight. And I love having a heavy backpack on my back. It’s the promise of great adventure.

It was a heavy walk though. Upwards through forest, moraines and boulders we went to a cave for bivy. It was set amongst huge boulders. It was a playground. I love scrambling amongst boulders. The childishness took over and as Jorge took a siesta I ran around photographing and eating berries in the playground. Jorge the guide let me play, like a parent who thought ”she will come back when she is tired and hungry”.

It was the first time I have slept in a cave. The view was better than any other. And sleeping on my Exped down-mattress I slept better than in any 5-star hotel. But we didn’t sleep long. At 3 am we woke in darkness, having a quick coffee before a 1 1/2 hour hike in light of headlamps to the bottom of the rockface of the Sharkfin. I love being out in the middle of the night with my headlamp. There is a intense focus and feeling of being alive.

Then we climbed. We took turns leading. I was often afraid. I marvelled at the view. I wouldn’t have had to climb. Just being there, in the midst of granite giants would have been enough. But climbing made it even better. The higher we climbed the better it got. It took us about 12 hours to get up. From the overhanging top we could see all the way down on the other side of the fin, 800m below us. Then we rappelled 3 hours and 13 pitches of rope to get down. 80% of the accidents happen on the way down. As we’d only brought 1L water each and not much food (too heavy) concentration runs out, but it’s more important than ever to keep disciplined. Life and death kind of important. At the bottom of the rock me more or less stumbled back to the cave and arrived just before darkness, starving and thirsty and happy. Every muscle in my body ached, from fingers to toes. That’s the way I like it. I know I have done something that took everything I had.

It was hard to film and take photos while climbing, but I made a small film from the climb:

Coming back into puerto Natales was also great, if slightly unreal. From the silence of the valleys and nature into a busy pub for food and local cerveza. I didn’t even shower after having spent 3 days hiking, sleeping and climbing in the same clothes – I went directly to bed. My last day felt like home. We sorted gear, drank yerba mate with other climbers and talked about next climbs to do. I will come back.

It took over 70 hours of travelling to get back ‘home’ to Sweden. That’s when I understood how far away I’d been.

I have hundreds of photos; here’s a few.

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