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.

Back from Aconcagua

I am back from Aconcagua, lying by the pool at the hotel, or mainly in the pool. It is more than 40 degrees hot in Mendoza. I met some Finnish friends the last day in Base camp and we are planning a climbing up to Cerro Plata , a 6000 meter peak to heal the disappointment of not summiting Aconcagua a little bit. And we have planned to start this second climbing trip today, if possible :D

The journey was great anyway. I learned a lot, survived in the middle of an electrical storm, made lots of good friends and some enemies. 

Scary ? At least my face looks a bit worried

Scary ? At least my face looks a bit worried

Best regards to Alex, Heloise and Nicolas from Montreal, Jean-M (John also from Montreal), Ivan from South Africa, a group of 14 from Norway, Anka from Romania (who is still trying a second attempt to the summit on the 24th), Jolanda from Den Haag, Victor S. (the best mountain guide ever) and many many others. Special greetings to Martin from Neatherlands. With him we sat at the best and highest rock of camp 2 looking at the marvelous view and talking about life and death. Most of us never summited, because of the high risk of avalanche. Some did, congratulations to you! For those of us who didn't there is one great thing, you have your dream still alive (not to mention you have a life). If you manage to fulfill your dream, the dream is gone, dead in that sense. That happens often to me. This time not.

Bests from Mountain Girl from Finland!

P.S. something happened to my camera and it did not work on the mountain, so if anyone has pictures I would appreciate them a lot!

Johanna Gustafsson – the Everest project