Adventures of a mother of 7 – Johanna Gustafsson

Because it's there!

When 8 years old I learned about Mount Everest, and ever since I have dreamed about climbing up there. When I became middle-aged and sensible I thought that it's impossible.

2012 when I turned 50 I suddenly got this crazy idea to fulfill my childhood dream. Now, almost 2 years later, after studying, training, researching & finding solutions, it seems possible!

If things go well I will summit in May 2014, if things don't go well I will hopefully do it another year. If you want to follow me vie e-mail updates you can subscribe to them.

Basecamp, 4200 m

Everything is well. We are at 4200 meters in the basecamp. I borrowed a computer here in the tent-kitchen and managed to get a slow internet-connection too. $10 for 15 minutes.

Yesterday we took our gear up to camp one and tomorrow we will hike up there to sleep. Today is a resting day, but I climbed 580 meters because I lost my sunglasses there, near camp one. It was a very rocky area where I dropped them, nobody believed I would find them. But after an hour of searching I found them and got a bit famous here for that. Mission impossible accomplished!

There are many expeditions here. I have gotten acquainted with many of them. Here's an Everest guide who promised to coach me for that mountain, but I should climb up to camp 2 for that. Let's see how my energies are tomorrow.

My oxygen saturation was very good in the morning, 94%, better even than our guides. I'm hoping that my physiology is good for high altitudes, that will be tested for the first time above 6 km in a few days. More info on what has happened when we have been to the summit!

Johanna Gustafsson – the Everest project