A bird's-eye view from the roof of the world with Carina Ahlqvist
Stockholm resident Carina Ahlqvist is one of the most experienced female 8000 m mountain climbers in Sweden. She climbed her first mountain, Mount Kenya Point Lenana 5985 meters, 20 years of age. Today, she has been to five 8000 meters mountain climate expeditions in the Himalayas. She is dedicated to amplify the voice of the planet and raise awareness of climate change based on scientific facts. Carina collaborates with NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), universities in US and Europe, the Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation collecting 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.
"I was born on the ground, climbing mountains has always made me feel at home. 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. It takes my breath away to climb up on the roof of the world, but it makes me feel 200% alive."
2018 Carina was approved a formal NASA collaborator of the NASA project "Large landslides and landslide/glacier-dammed Himalayan and Karakoram rivers and the potential for transboundary disruptions" to the NASA Announcement A. 28 Interdisciplinary Research in Earth Science.
The European Space Agency
The Makalu Climate Climb, founded and designed by Carina Ahlqvist, was partly funded by ESA, the Climate Change Initiative (CCI). The objective of the collaboration was to raise awareness of climate change from the top of the world. A report from the expedition results is now being drafted and will be presented by ESA.
The Explorers Club
2018 Carina was approved Member in The Explorers Club in March and The Makalu Climate Climb was approved a Flag Expedition. Since 1918, the flag has been carried to all of the Earth’s continents by the clubs explorers, to the Moon, to the depths of the ocean, and around the globe as well as under the sea and into into stars in space. "It was a great honor to carry the flag to Mount Makalu", says Carina.
Nepal Mount Makalu 8 481 m, ascent to 8150 m
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
Italy biking from coast to coast for charity to Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation (Svenska Barncancerfonden)
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 Everest Base Camp 5 200 m
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
Indonesia Sumatra volcano Mount Merapi 2 910 m
Africa travelling solo 8 months in 7 countries
Nature Conservation reforestation project
Kenya Mount Kenya Point Lenana 4 985 m
Kenya volcano Longonot 2 776 m
Botswana kayaking in Okavango Swamp delta river
Cho Oyu 8 201 m Nepal 2014
Biking for charity through taly 2013
Excursion Svalbard Norway 2006
Reforestation project Kenya 1987