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.

Photogallery from Jessica, with edit from Johanna

Jessica WhatsApp:ed some new photos from their trek. She climbed to 4900 m today and then back down to Dingboche, others (including Johanna) continued to 5000 m and are not yet back at the moment. 

Edit: Johanna is back now, she went to 5200 m and is very happy :)

Her report: 

I just came down from the mountain, a small peak at 5200 m (we are now in 4500). The people hiking upward looked pretty tired but I felt ok. I sent Jessica back after 450 m of ascent so she would not get too tired. She was doing fine and she was very comfortable with the speed of our Everest-group. 

I went a bit faster, because the battery in my camera ran out of juice after we had left the hotel and I decided to run down and get a spare one. I then caught up with the group after about 100 m of climbing and I found it hard to slow down. 

So, I'm doing well, lying down in my down trousers and writing here. Mingma just came by and I ordered a three-course lunch :D 

Johanna Gustafsson – the Everest project