I have had a fascination for mountains and skiing for as long as I can remember, my first contact with climbing, was in the early 90s in the middle of Sweden. Little did I know how much that was going to shape my life.
My motivation to climb and ski drove me to pursue these activities relentlessly for nearly 20 years before becoming a professional guide.
I started my journey of bringing people into the mountains in 2000, whilst I was studying in Gothenburg. I took my international climbing instructor certificate and since then, I have had the pleasure of meeting hundreds of students and seeing some of them continuing to become true experts.
I have spent many years in northern Scandinavia, teaching and guiding both climbing and skiing. I lived in Tromsø where I still spend a few months each year.
In the spring of 2015 I became a fully qualified International Mountain Guide, often shortened UIAGM or IFMGA. It was a demanding training programme that takes between three to five years to complete, that is once you have the qualifications to start. To become accepted normally takes between five to ten years of dedication.
The first mountain I climbed remains to this day one of the most memorable climbing experiences I have had. The South Pillar of Stetind really captured my imagination for this sport, to guide this magnificent route would be one of the best days at work I can imagine!
If I had to pick the best route I have ever climbed, I would have to say the North Pillar of Chalten, also known as Mount Fitzroy, which I climbed in 2012 holds this position for me. One of my sweetest memories on skis is from 1999. I was a relative novice navigating the Glacier Rond alone, carrying a huge mountaineering back pack, without anything to follow but my instinct. More recently in 2016 I had another memorable solo mission on the East Face of Russetind, possibly the most awesome looking face in Norway.
Here is a link to an nice article in Alpinist Magazine on Trakta, Norways most technical peak that I guided a few years back.
Finally a word about environmental impact and sustainability which have always been important issues for me. I accept that travel, often by plane is deeply integrated into the idea of the adventure and the unknown. I try to make a tiny difference by offering 10% discount to everyone who makes their journey by train or sharing a car instead of flying to the alps or elsewhere. Furthermore I donate 2 euros per day guiding to POW (Protect Our Winters) for their effort to raise awareness about climate change and how we as a group of people who enjoy the mountains, can make a difference.
Here is a link to an nice and informative article in Alpinist Magazine on Trakta, Norways most technical peak that I guided a few years back, and the other inspiring summits.