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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.
"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."
Next journey: The Makalu Climate Climb 2018
The Makalu Climate Climb 2018, starting early April, is an expedition with the objective to contribute to research in climate change in collaboration with NASA and the European Space Agency. The founder of the expedition is Carina Ahlqvist who will also make an attempt to become the first Swedish woman to summit Mount Makalu 8481 meters. Mount Makalu is the world’s fifth highest mountain, located 19 km southeast of Mount Everest.
An international trekking team of 11 persons will follow Carina to base camp and then return, while Carina will continue towards the summit. This will be the 7th time I come to Nepal, to visit the richest people in the world in terms of having a warm heart. It is always like coming back home, says Carina.
A major aim of our project is to contribute to research in climate change. Rock samples will be collected at Makalu base camp from historic moraines of Barun Glacier to date them, assuming that some of the moraines deposited by the glacier are older than 20,000 years. The better we understand how glaciers are responding to climate change, the better we can model their future evolution and mitigate potential impacts of an already diminishing water resource.
A second experiment is planned higher up, during the acclimatisation phase of Carina at the advanced base camp (ABC). The debris cover protects the ice underneath from melt. The key factor for the surface energy balance of the glacier is the thickness of the debris, the thicker, the better the protection is. The data from the Makalu Climate Climb would provide important information to model the extent of the glacier under varying climatic conditions.
The purpose is also to take action against climate change. Carina initiated a collaboration with the NGO The Himalayan Stove Project (HSP). HSP has delivered 4100 stoves to Nepal, enough to impact 40 000 peolple. According to the founder George Basch, this model of stove use up to 80 percent less fuel and create 90 percent less indoor pollution. The HSP Executive Director Pamela Johnston will participate in the trek. The team will visit mountain villages to investigate how the stoves function in practice at high altitude. If the findings are favorable, the intention is to bring more stoves later to other high altitude villages.
Carina Ahlqvist was approved Member in The Explorers Club in March and The Makalu Climate Climb was approved a Flag Expedition a few days ago. 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 will be a great honor to carry the flag to Makalu", says Carina. "I will carry the flag to amplify the voice of the planet and the mountains in the Himalayas. The planet doesn’t belong to us. We belong to the planet. I also wish to honor the Nepalese people", she concludes.
The Makalu Climate Climb expedition can be followed at the European Space Agency website.
Click on the image below to link to ESA Twitter
The Makalu Climate Climb 2018
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
Cho Oyu 8 201 m Nepal 2014
Biking for charity through taly 2013
Excursion Svalbard Norway 2006
Reforestration project Kenya 1987
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