Adventures

Anything can be an adventure. Adventures are not only for the adventurous who seeks adrenaline or escape from what's called ”normal”. We are all different. We all have different adventures. And remember, adventures are so much more fun than calling them ”problems” or "dangers". Anything can be an adventure. Annelie's two favourite sports are the contrasts of high and deep, hard and soft. By climbing mt. Everest and making a world record freedive to 126m on one breah Annelie became the highest and deepest human in the world within one year. Since then she's done other adventures and other sports. Why limit yourself?

"My two favourite sports are connected by adventure, freedom, breathing and love of nature".

Freediving

Freediving is so much more than a sport, it's more than just a dive, more than a breathhold and more than all the technical details. It's about you. How you feel inside, which attitude you have and what you think - it will all effect the way you are diving. Freediving is the ultimate challenge for both body and mind.

All activities done on one breath can be considered freediving. But as for the freediving sport there are several disciplines for training and competing in freediving, ranging from a static breathhold to a underwater distance swim in a pool and a deep dive with or without fins. Many freedivers dive to spearfish or just to be a part of the underwater world, to float weightless in a feeling of freedom.


"I've always been searching for ways to test my limits, looking for more and more demanding sports - freediving was perfect. I have fallen in love with the marine life and underwater landscapes. No matter how many deep dives I do or how hard I train, there is always time to dive with the fish and enjoy the sea for what it is.

The first of thing that caught me into advanced freediving was the sight of it (of course, from the film "The Big Blue"). Just seeing it - I wanted to be there. I wanted to be the small person just leaving the surface behind and going alone into the depth - The serenity and the simplicity of it is so beautiful. It started a longing and a crave to freedive that came from deep within".


How Annelie says she became a good freediver:

- "Dedication. As soon as I fell in love with freediving I moved to Dahab during  the winters so I could practise all year round.
- I had a wide experience from many other sports which I was able to apply to freediving
- I know how a fit body helps. As a Personal Trainer I used all my knowledge to figure out how and what to train.
- I beleive I can do anything I put my mind to
- I have a supportive and inspiring freediving-coach, Sebastian Näslund
- I practise yoga every morning
- I let got of prestige and ego-centeredness
- I am a vegetarian and I don't eat fish
- I remember why I started freediving
- I don't care what others do. Rules and limits that applies to others doesn't  nessecarily apply to me.
- I do lots of FRC's to adapt my lungs to depth
- I keep my fitness-level up (both cardio and strength)
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I become what I do - freediving is in the back of my head all the time, in whatever I do and wherever I am."

"This will not nessecarily help you, as we are all very different, but maybe you can pick up a few tips!"

Mountaineering

"Mountains has been fascinating me since childhood. I climb because I love the mountains, rocks and the environment."

Climbing is a broad concept and could mean anything from climbing a 3 m boulder to a 8000m peak. There are different names for each type of climbing. Annelie started at 13 year's age as a sport climber, competing at national and international levels, but soon moved over to trad-climbing, big-walls and higher mountains. Climbing mountains at high altitude has many different factors. It's about cooperating with nature and staying safe. At most high altitude locations you are far away from society and the normal world. Life is reduced to walking, climbing, eating and finding a place to sleep.

Just as in freediving, mountaineering is a lot about oxygen. At altitues above 5000m the oxygen level is less than 50% of that at sea level. You will have to acclimatize your body to the circumstances by slowly ascending as well as getting used to the cold, the wind and the hard work of activity in low oxygen conditions.

The training for mountaineering and freediving has been one of Annelies greatest challenges both as an athlete and as a professional Personal Trainer. There are so many aspects of each dicipline. Many years of hard training and experience within other sports has helped Annelie to know her body and it's approximate limitations.

The best way to become a good climber and freediver is of course - to climb and freedive. But sooner or later you will reach your limit within equalization, oxygen consumption, squeeze, physical or mental ability. Now it's only for you to determine: which one of these stops you from going higher and deeper?


High places Annelie has been the last years (in parenthesis):

2008 Island peak, Nepal, 6100m (6000m)
2008 Illimani, Bolivia, 6438m
2009 Cho Oyu, Tibet, 8201m (camp 2 7200m)
2009 Shishapangma, Tibet, 8024m (north summit, 8000m?)*
2009 Cho Oyu, Tibet, camp 1 (6400m)
2010 Lhotse, Nepal, 8512m (6400m)
2011 Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, 5892m (training)
2011 Mt. Everest, Tibet, (8848m) First Swedish woman to climb North side.
2012 Mt. Denali, Alaska
2013 Elbrus & Aconcagua
2015 Carstenz & mt. Vinson


*This non-commercial, non-sponsored expedition has been publicly observed because of a few beginners mistakes considered big mistakes in the mountaineering world. Annelie and her climbing partner both had nonclimbers ghost-writing blog-updates from their adventures. The two women climbed towards the summit with another team consisting of a Sherpa and his customer, using fixed ropes set by the Chineese to what they said was the central summit. As they reached the end of the ropes, the Sherpa said they were on the central summit. The altitude meters showed 8008m, which should be correct. It proved later that the Chineese, the Sherpa and the team summiting a day after (summitclimb) was wrong. It was the "north summit", lower than the central summit.

As they stood on the "north summit", Annelie called her blog-writing friend telling her as she thought they were on the central summit. Her friend misunderstood the importance of summits and wrote they were "on the summit". The mistake was corrected as soon as it was possible (while on Annelies climbing partners blog it said all the time they were on the "central summit".) Annelies climbing partners ghost-blog-writer also updated with a manipulated photo to show the womens whereabouts ("borrowing" and manipulating is not allowed by legal standards). This was interpreted as the exoedition was trying to fake the summiting.

All this was observed and collected to accuse the expedition of faking their attempt, without contacting the expedition to ask about the corrections. The two expedition members has explained and confessed their mistakes of letting friends take care of blogs, trustning other climbers and not knowing enough of the topography.