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.

Dead Ravens

Gorak Shep or Dead Ravens is the name of the last little village before the Everest Base Camp. Gorak Shep is situated on a frozen lake with sand on it, so there is a lot of flat space to set up a tent and rest to acclimatize. This was the original site for the Everest Base Camp in the 50's. The name comes from the total lack of vegetation or other nourisment.

Johanna & Jessica should be in Gorak Shep about now, Friday morning 11.4. Finnish time. It could be that we don't get a direct report from them today, although they say there is an internet cafe there, with a slow satellite connection.

They have the opportunity to hike up Kala Patthar, which is a dune-looking top by the lake that reaches 5550 meters. There is a view of the summit of Everest from there, which the basecamp for instance lacks.

People who do the popular trek to the basecamp normally just visit the camp during the day and stay back in Gorak Shep, in a little bit lower altitude and out of the way of the people aiming higher up on the mountain. 

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Johanna Gustafsson – the Everest project