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.

Good memories, hiking up to camp 3 with Rolo

One of my best memories from Aco is from a carry day. We carried part of the load to a higher camp for acclimatization and for not having a too heavy load on the moving day. 

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We had all the time climbed really slowly, as is wise of course. We had the last break and had 150 meters altitude left. Our main guide Eli said suddenly, now you Johanna may hike up faster with Rolo, another guide. And really fast we went. the others were left like standing still! Honestly, I thought that I will die, but I didn't give up a step. The altitude at high camp is 5900 meters. Finally we came to high camp. I took two deep breaths and ...felt terrific! I had had lack of sports for 10 days, not once a good exhausted feeling. Now I really felt good. Best feeling during the whole 2 week journey. Of course, sliding down from high camp to base camp on he last day was also great, but this was even better.

I met some Norwegian friends up there. We left the heavy load there and started waiting for the others. Can't be a better feeling than have a  hard  competition up in thin air. :D

Rolo is great in all ways. He is a gourmet chef. He can cook better food up there in a tent than many restaurants can offer at sea level. He is a multi-skilled man. He repaired the cookers for my Canadian friends, he puts up tents in a half a minute, he knows everything about the mountains, he is humble and even he can understands a little bit a different type of a Finnish mountaineer. Thank you Rolo for your friendship!!

Johanna Gustafsson – the Everest project