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.

Got to 6400 m

We're back at basecamp on the other side of the mountain. Saturday was supposed to be summit day, but no-one made it up to the top because of the risk for avalanches. It snowed all the time very heavily. We made it to 6400 meters and the going felt good but we had to stop. 

I was angry the whole next night because I had wanted to summit the day before already, when the weather was still good.

Today (Sunday) I came down the 1700 meters on my own because I was a bit quicker to get started than the others. I dragged the sack of gear behind me as a sled, that worked well.  It was a wonderful day, not too cold, lots of new snow, and in the steep parts I could slide down with the sack, controlling the speed with the cramp-ons! After having put my clothes to dry and queued for the internet connection I heard that the rest of my group was still only halfway down.

Johanna Gustafsson – the Everest project