Per and Johan, just started the mountaineer equipment blog, Seenature. They also plan to take on one of the toughest physical challenges in the world, the Everest Marathon 2019.
Please, introduce yourself, who are you guys?
Per, 40 years old, I live in Lidköping, Sweden. Former football referee who nowadays spend my free time training, mostly running. I like to travel a lot, especially with a touch of adventure. My favorite trip, so far, is Bosnia with their green hills and deep canyons. Wonderful and thrilling.
Johan, 41 years old who lives in Lidköping with wife and two kids. I love to challenge myself and are always looking for new adventures. I also like to travel, and my best travel memory is from Costa Rica where me and my wife took part of their beautiful nature and wildlife.
We met for the first time 14 years ago when we worked together and have been close friends since. We have mostly the same interests as sports, training and traveling. During the last years we tried a lot of different adventures in Sweden and in different countries around the world.
You have decided to take on the Everest Marathon 2019, what kind of event is that?
Well, it’s a race starting at Everest Base Camp at 5300 meters altitude and finishes in Namche Bazaar at approximately 3500 meters above the sea level. The race takes place 29th of May every year to honor the first two climbers who reached the top of Mount Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay.
About 200 runners participate every year and you can choose between a marathon, half marathon and an ultra-competition measuring 60 km.
How come you decided to take on a challenge like that?
It started a couple of years ago when we were doing interval training uphill’s. Johan suggested that we should try a higher hill, so we decided to climb the highest mountain in Sweden, Kebnekaise. We were totally amateurs but we both found out that mountaineering was something special.
A few years later, in 2016, the need for a high adventure got stronger and we decided to climb Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. It was a fantastic journey with so many nice memories of animals, nature and of course, reaching the top.
One year ago, Johan found an article in a running magazine about Everest Marathon and then, this new adventure was born. As we earlier had in mind trekking in Himalaya, we could not resist this race, and now we are attending.
How do you prepare yourself for such a challenge?
When it comes to training, we don’t think that we will do so much different that we do today. If we just can keep on in this intensity and avoiding injuries, we will be well prepared. Except from preparing for the race itself, it is some other arrangement that has to be fixed before the trip, as contracting Sherpas and guides for the trek.
In this case, we have had great help from our friend Robin Trygg who already climbed Mount Everest twice. He had great contacts in the capital of Nepal Katmandu, so we think we are in safe hands.
Have you ever done anything like this before?
Like I told earlier we have climbed Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, almost 6000 meters high so we have some experience being on high altitude. When it comes to running, we have finished two trail marathons and are competing on regular basis.
What will be the hardest challenge all together?
The thin air, no question about that. The oxygen level will be around 50% of what we are used to so that will absolutely be the hardest thing. For that reason, we have added a couple of extra days on the trek up the base camp just for acclimatization. Except from that, just a marathon is a tough challenge… 😊
If someone wants to join you guys, how do you sign up for the race?
Just visit the site everestmarathon.com. You’ll find all the information needed for race as travelling, accommodation etc.
Will you have the chance to see Nepal, or will it be all about the Marathon race?
Except from the race, we will have four days of sight-seeing in Katmandu where we expect to visit some old temples, eating local food and of course, try the local beer. We will also have a great trek through the famous Khumba valley on our way up to base camp. We hope that we will experience the genuine Nepal, the people and the culture.
You recently started a blog together, tell us more about it!
The blog is one part of a business idea that we got under our journey to Kilimanjaro and it aims to help people to get the right equipment for their special journey, whether it is climbing high mountains or just hiking in the alps. The idea was born when a person in the same expedition was preparing for the last climb and were out of both a warm jacket and gloves.
On our blog we try out different equipment’s as bags, clothes and other necessary products, provide equipment lists for different types of expedition and trips and of course writes about our different journeys and adventures.
You find us at seenature.se and right now we have a great offer with 10 % discount from our partner Outnorth.
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