Feb 21, 2016

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Who am I?

Just a human of the female variety who's in love with the mountains, the stars, and nature in general :)

Here you can follow my journeys and adventures, see some of the pictures I take along the way, ask questions, and if you want, share your stories and experiences from the beautiful outdoors.

Northern Lights - Aurora Borealis
My kind of "selfie",
sitting under the Northern Lights on a cold winter night.
You can also read more about my planned trips here. They are not set in stone but are more of long term goals. If I reach all of them, that's great! But if not, I'll still enjoy the journey. Because after all, the journey is what life is all about.

I love taking pictures - night pictures in particular - and I will share some of them here. If you'd like to see more of them, you can follow me on Instagram.

Ever since I was a little girl, I've enjoyed being outside in nature. In the forests, listening to the wind, the trees and the birds, on the mountain tops, taking in the views, and by (and on or in) the lakes and oceans. Nothing is more soothing to the soul than sitting down to take in the smell, sound and feeling of nature surrounding you. I am one of those people who can watch the waves for hours at end.

Climbing


My mother would always complain when I climbed the highest trees in my best dress and shoes. But I didn't care, I was happy.

As an adult, because I have to realize that I am an adult by now, I've still kept the passion for climbing and hiking. Though most of my climbing is done indoors in climbing gyms, I try to get outside to climb real rock as well.

And it was my brother who put me on to the idea that will be the main topic of this blog when he jokingly said, "Are you training to climb Mount Everest now?" in a response to my frequent trips to the climbing gym. At the time I laughed, because it was an utterly ridiculous idea. But over time it's been there, in the back of my head, slowly growing into a question, "Could you do it?"

Seven Summits

So, can I do it, climb Mount Everest? If I'm being realistic, probably not. After reading some about Everest, I quickly realized that it is a very distant dream. But upon reading about Everest, I also started reading about the Seven Summits (Wikipedia Link).

That's when I realized that there are plenty of other really high and impressive mountains that should be well within my reach with the right kind of training. That climbing some of the Seven Summits is realistic goal for me.

And this brings me back to the topic of this blog, my journey where I'll take on as many of the Seven Summits as I can. For now, with my experience, physical shape, skills and budget, I will start of with a couple of them, and then work my way up if I see that this is for me.

You may call me crazy, my family and friends all shake their heads laughing. And my mother said, if anyone in the family can do it, it's you.

I find this quote by John Muir quite fitting:

"I will follow my instincts, be myself for good or ill, and see what will be the upshot.
As long as I live, I'll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing.
I'll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche.
I'll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens,
and get as near the heart of the world as I can. "

A part of the Milky Way
A part of the Milky Way. Aim for the stars :)

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Feel free to contact me on post ( a ) icouldlivehere ( dot ) org.

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