When I told people that I was going to meet a K2 climber, then many of them told me that I should ask you, what's wrong with you? What is the difference between you and us who thinks that normal adventures are enough?
I answered: All human beings are more or less crazy in one level or another. Those in Sweden who thinks that I put myself in great danger have not seen the world. What I do is relatively safe in comparison with the struggle for survival that many people in the world are fighting for on an everyday basis.
I believe that "normal" is an excuse for being lazy because striving for normal just going to give you mediocre results. I never wanted to be normal, I strive to be exceptional. But mentioning this in "the land of normal" = Sweden is like screaming out load that "I'm an atheist" in USA. I guess I sometimes feel as awkward as Crocodile Dundee did in New York city because society was never built for adventurers. Nature is.
When I tried to climb K2 back in 2008, 11 climbers died in one of the worst catastrophes in climbing history. I then said: "Never again!". The trauma from the tragic climb in 2008 has haunted me during the years. It has been hard to make peace and move on. Since then I been on eleven 8000-m expeditions, working as an assistant researcher for the project Triple ED (http://tripleed.com/) - decision making in extreme environments - and deliberately and systematically worked harder to become better at what I do. I am passion driven because my love for the mountains is not only goal-oriented. Mountains is my life and I love what I do. While some people argue “I rather live 1 day as a tiger than 100 years as a sheep” I strive to find a balance between those two extremes. One does not have to exclude the other.
I’m not giving up my dream. I’m going back to K2. I did not come this far just to come this far. And when I’m coming back, hopefully after a successful climb to the summit, I am going to action out my ice axes in favour for Red Cross precious work in Pakistan. Because helping others is the true meaning of life.
During my 1,5 months’ expedition you can follow my progress and my struggle higher and higher on K2 in social media. I will share among other things my thoughts about risk-taking, decision-making, health, nutrition, mental training, happiness, culture, life, death, meditation, technology, relationships, what makes a strong team and what I think will bring peace to the world.
I’m especially thankful for my sponsors making my dream come true. Thank you to SIGMA, La Sportiva, Petz, C2 Safety, Marmot. I also want to thank my parents for understanding and supporting me on my endeavour and I’m thanking my friends who I inspire and who inspires me.
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Departure from Sweden late june 2018
Summit push: last of July 2018
Joachim von Stedingk: joachim(a)vonstedingk.eu
Pierre Näsman pierre.nasman(a)gmail.com