I tried to climb this mountain as number 2 in the project but woke up with fever in the tent on the summit day. So I decided to save it for the grand finale to make it special! For fun I climbed it in a custom designed superhero suit made by the designer Emelie Janrell. A nice way to combine my two worlds as I work as a fashion photographer.
I was climbing Nygrens route up to the north summit and then we would traverse over to the south summit. When I climbed Kebnekaise the south summit was the highest but just two days later the north became higher due to the glacier melting on the south summit.
On this climb it was me, William (my photo assistant), a journalist from a outdoor magazine and the winner of the charity auction. We also had 4 guides with us because Nygrens route is technical (grade II with some crux of grade IV)
Getting ready to start hiking in my suit.
It was an amazing day! Perfect weather.
Snacks break! I forgot my glacier glasses so had to wear regular ones (not good, they just slip down all the time).
We climbed this ridge, a lot of fun!
Not too exposed but the rock was pretty bad at some points and the guides said that it´s difficult to find good spots for anchors on this rock.
Very exciting for Johan who never climbed a mountain before!
Sometimes you just have to stop and take in the views. I can´t belive this is Sweden!
The south summit! We were the only ones climbing to the north summit this day. You must have a guide to do so.
The climb was never too hard. Actually I had wished for it to be a little bit harder hehe.
On the north summit!! Highest peak in Sweden at the moment!
Then I put my cape on and made the traverse over to the south summit!
Walking on the ridge.
And up on the south summit! My project was done. I can´t belive it! 61 mountains in one year. The project raised 4900 euro for charity. And I put in all my energy, passion and commitment to it. So proud! It have been an amazing year, I have learned so much. I have seen so many places. I can´t belive I did it!!!
I got home from Russia and after just a few hours I was bored and restless so I asked my friend (and former employee) Adrian if he wanted to join me on a spontaneous adventure the next day! Love it when friends just say yes.
We flew to Luleå where we rented a car (it was the only place in northen sweden that had avalible cars). Roadtrip!
We drove through northen Sweden, listned to music, photographing and talking about life. I just love roadtrips.
When we got to Nikkaluokta we had to park the car.
And we had two choices: We could walk 20 km for 5-6 hours or…
Take a helicopter! We took the helicopter cause we had so little time.
So beautiful, the flight to Kebnekaise Fjällstation.
Where we put up our tent. It was tricky to find a good spot. Pretty steep everywhere.
It was not this steep…
We cooked dinner.
And it started to rain so we had our dinner in the tent.
Then we went to bed. It was around 8 pm. We put the alarm for 2 am so be able to make it to the top and back again before 5 pm when the helicopter would fly back.
When we woke up we made another meal before leaving. It was bright outside even if it was in the middle of the night. We were all alone on the trail. It was amazing but I woke up with a pretty bad fever. I thought I would give it a try anyway and walk really slow.
We met a raindear.
And the path was over rocks and small rivers.
After hiking for two hours I turned around. I didn´t feel good at all and it was not worth it.
Adrian continued to the top and got back to the tent around lunch.
It was sad that I couldn´t make it but the mountain is still there. I have to go back another time. It´s no fun if you are ill. And I have shoots, a festival and another adventure to attend to this week so I really didn´t want to make it worse.
So we went back to Luleå and spent a night at the city hotel before going back to Stockholm again. A pretty good weekend after all.
All pictures by me and Adrian Pehrson.