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Stockholm resident, Carina Ahlqvist climbed her first mountain, Mount Kenya Point Lenana 5985 meters, 20 years of age. Today, she has been to four 8000 meters mountain expeditions in the Himalayas. She has collaborated with NASA, as well leading universities in the US and in Europe, collecting snow samples from the face of the mountain to contribute to research in climate change. What started out as an exciting idea in 1987, has become the focus of her life.
''Life is not about how many breaths you take but about the moments that take your breath away''
Standing on the roof of the world, the view from Himalayas; you can almost see all creation, it is a view unlike anything else. At over 8000 meters, the Himalayas make you feel extremely small, bursting up from the earth into the heavens, words just can't describe the beauty above the clouds. But at the same time and just for a moment, they let you share in their greatness, as one of the most extreme, dangerous, yet the most natural, beautiful environments on Earth.
Whilst I was born on the ground, climbing mountains has always made me feel at home. At the age of 21
I went to Nepal for the first time and that's where I met my first real love - the Himalayas. You cannot truly conquer a mountain, they are not keen to share their riches, they are however where the earth and heaven touch. It's their sheer scale, their brutal magnificence that compels me to climb them.
Mountains can teach us so much about climate change, revealing the significant indicators and often dramatic changes that are likely to affect our future world. To me the purpose is higher than the summit. I climb with an ultimate dedication for the climate and planet Earth.
The Earth Caretakers initiative
Combining climbing and purpose, I initiated a clean up initiative after the last expedition to Mount Manaslu 8 163 meters autumn 2016. I met two awesome Nepalese women porters and paid them shoes, salary, lodge, food and insurance. Together we collected trash 4 days up to 5 000 meters on the trek back to civilisation.
We met with local school teachers and Lamas in the surrounding mountain villages, to discuss ways in which to keep the mountains clean. We named the project ’The Earth Caretakers Initiative’. It was approved to be part of the campaign Clean Up the World - a global community based environmental campaign that empowers communities to clean up and conserve their environment in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Cho Oyu 8 201 m Nepal 2014
Biking for charity through taly 2013
Excursion Svalbard Norway 2006
Reforestration project Kenya 1987
Nepal Mount Manaslu 8 163 m, ascent to 8150 m foresummit
US visiting over 20 National Parks in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado
China Tibet Mount Shishapangma 8 027 m, ascent to 6 300 m where the expedition was canceled due to crevasses
Nepal Mount Manaslu 8 163 m, ascent to 6 800 m where the expedition was canceled due to bad weather
China Tibet Mount Cho Oyu 8 201 m summit
France biking from coast to coast in Italy
for charity to Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation
Peru Mount Pisco 5 752 m
Peru Mount Huascaran 6 768 m summit
Spain Alicante Sella rock climbing
Nepal Island Peak 6 189 m summit
France Verdon rock climbing
France Sormio rock climbing
China Tibet Mount Everst Basecamp 5 200 m with my son 14 years
Norway Svalbard icebear scooter safari, cave excursion
Italy Dolomites Alta Via Uno trekking
US kayaking in Yosemite, trekking in Sequoia National Park
US trekking and paragliding near Grand Canyon
Nepal Machapuchare Basecamp 3 729 m solo trekking
Indonesia Sumatra volcano Mount Sibayak 2 212 m
Indonesien Sumatra volcano Mount Merapi 2 910 m
Africa travelling alone 8 months in 7 countries
Nature Conservation reforestration project
Kenya Mount Kenya Point Lenana 4 985 m
Kenya volcano Longonot 2 776 m
Botswana kayaking in Okavango Swamp delta river
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