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.

Been to Everest Base Camp, now to Island Peak!

We are back down in Dingboche, on our way to Island Peak. After the Everest Base Camp this feels like being on sea-level. I must say that the mountains here remind me of France.

Everest Base Camp was an experience, there were lots of avalanches during the night very near our tent.

Our phones don't work at all here currently (I send this via wifi), the Ncell connections seem not to work. Rishi may organize other sim-cards for us by helicopter. Our whole group has Ncell sim-cards. Telia-Sonera, our Nordic incumbent operator, is the majority owner in Ncell, so maybe you back home there should contact them :)

[Insert from Tommi: I managed to get a connection to Ncell via Twitter, I have now emailed them your details, let's see what they say]

Chocolate, a good book (sudoku, the books are on a kindle) and lots of warm gear, perfect!

Chocolate, a good book (sudoku, the books are on a kindle) and lots of warm gear, perfect!

I had a touch of mountain sickness when going up, I drank too little, carried too much and went too fast, focused maybe more on Jessica's well-being. But I felt much better the next morning and even better today when coming down here to the thick air 1 km lower. Food tastes good again.

Jessica is fine, she is doing well in all aspects and she will have a lot of interesting photos with her when she comes home after Island Peak.

It could be 5 days or more before I'm back at the Base Camp and I don't know how the connections will work. But I'll keep you posted some way.



Johanna Gustafsson – the Everest project