I was born in the shadow of the Troll Wall in Norway. I need nature and animals around me to be happy. I love exposure and high places. I love hiking into remote crags and the feeling of “I’m giving it all I got.” Currently I live in Colorado during the summer months and travel during the rest of the year. I’m a professional rock climber and I recently started my own photography business on the side. When people ask me when I started climbing, I like to quote a famous Norwegian philosopher and mountaineer Arne Næss: “I just never stopped.”
The things that have given me the most satisfaction within climbing aren’t hard boulder problems or routes. But they were, at the time and in my mind, huge for me.
1. I was pretty proud of myself when I led my first aid pitch. It was on "Prodigal Son" in Zion, and I’d never done anything like it in my life. I struggled up a C1 crack for something like four hours, but I hung in there. It was definitely an experience.
2. Coming back to climbing after a 50 feet ground fall that left me with a broken back, pelvis, both ankles and a shattered elbow.
3. Topping out "Moonlight Buttress" 6 months after the accident and climbing my hardest sport route, at the time, 8 months after the accident.
4. Arriving at the northern most point of Norway after spending 4.5 months crossing the length of Norway on cross country skis, after almost 3000km.
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