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 it was going to shape my life.
A rather strong motivation to climb and ski drove me to pursue these activities relentlessly for nearly 20 years before becoming a professional guide.
In early 2000 while studying in Gothenburg, I took my international climbing instructor certificate (UIAA) and have since then had the pleasure of meeting hundreds of students and also seeing some of them continuing to become true experts at a very high level.
As the years passed I came to spend more and more time in northern Scandinavia, teaching and guiding both climbing and skiing, and I eventually decided to live in Tromsø where I still spend a few months each year.
Since the spring of 2015 I am a fully qualified international mountain guide, often shortened UIAGM or IFMGA. It ‘s a demanding training programme that takes between three to five years to complete once you have the qualifications to start. To become accepted in to the program take at least five to ten years of dedication.
Environmental impact and sustainability have always been important issues for me and not always easy to combine with the values and history of our activities where travel, often by air, are deeply integrated into the idea of the adventure and the unknown. I try to make a tiny difference by offering a 10% discount to guests who choose to travel by train or sharing a car instead of flying to the alps or elsewhere. Furthermore I donate 2 euros per day guiding to http://protectourwinters.se for their effort to raise awareness about climate change and how we as a group can make a difference.
When asked to pick out the two most memorable experiences I have had climbing I would choose the South pillar of Stetind which was my first real mountain climb in 1996 and the North pillar of Chalten, also known as Mount Fitzroy, in 2012. To guide the south pillar of Stetind is today one of the best days at work I can imagine.
My strongest memories skiing is from year 2000 when, as a relative novice, I was navigating the Glacier Rond alone and carrying a huge mountaineering back pack, just following my own instinct. More recently in 2016 I had another memorable solo mission on the east face of Store Russetind, possibly the most awesome looking ski descent in Norway.