Meet Ski Mountaineer Fredrik Ericsson

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on March 18, 2009 6:00 pm

In Europe, nary a month goes by that Fredrik Ericsson is not on the cover of some adventure magazine.  His job is to travel the world to be photographed.  "From Cubicle to Fredrik Ericsson" would be the skiing version of rags to riches.  Ericsson has already climbed and skied three of earth’s 14 eight-thousand meter peaks, but now Ericsson will attempt the beyond impossible.  They are the trifecta of deadly mountains: Everest, K2, and Kangchenjunga.  Ericsson will climb and ski them all.  Ericsson attempted Kangchenjunga in October, but he and his climbing partner were forced off the mountain by bad weather.  Disappointment was diminished by fortunate feelings to just be alive. 

"Standing at 6800 meters we had 1300 vertical meters of powder skiing ahead of us. But to make it down without getting avalanched we had to use all our experience and all the tricks in the book. There were some scary sections but mostly we could enjoy nice powder turns on one of the world highest mountains in the world. I am disappointed that we didn’t reach the summit but at the same time relieved that we made it down safely. We had a great experience in a beautiful environment and I will definitely return one day to make a new attempt on Kangchenjunga."

photo: Ericsson climbs Kangchengjunga in October 2008.  Photo courtesy of Ericsson’s blog.

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