Young Norwegian to follow up Antarctica with climb of Manaslu

Posted: Aug 22, 2013 04:04 pm EDT

(By Markian Hawryluk) In 2011-12, Norwegian adventurer Teodor Johansen skied with a team from the bottom of Axel Heiberg Glacier to the South Pole; 550km unassisted and ussuported. At the Pole, they picked up a resupply and kite-skied 1130 km to Hercules Inlet. At age 20, he became the youngest person to cross Antarctica on foot. After backpacking in India and Nepal, Johansen now has his sights set on an expedition to Manaslu. Leaving Sept. 8, ExplorersWeb caught with Johansen before his departure.

 

Tell me about the Manaslu expedition. 

 

We’ll climb the South-West Ridge of Manaslu and the team leader is Mr. Mingma Sherpa. He has successfully reached the summit of Mt. Everest 19 times, and is the first person from Nepal to reach the summit of K2. I visited Nepal for the first time in September 2012 and after 23 days in the mountains was bewitched by the beautiful surroundings. We have beautiful nature in Norway as well, but it is a unique feeling to stand at the bottom of an 8000-meter mountain. In addition to seeing if the earth really is round, I want to gain more experience of climbing high. Therefore it’s an honor for me to climb with Mingma Sherpa and his crew.  

 

You have skied across Antartica and backpacked through India and Nepal. Is high-altitude mountaineering just another thing to try or do you think you will continue climbing other high peaks? 

 

To climb high-altitude mountains is something that I have always wanted to do. Since I was a little kid I have admired the brave men that have managed to summit some of the world's highest mountains. Before the expedition in Antarctica I didn’t know that I, just a regular youngster, could possibly try to be one of the men that I have admired for so long. But after a successful expedition across the Antarctic Continent something has changed. I now believe that by being prepared, being humble to the power of the nature, and with a supportive group of people by my side, everything is actually possible. I’m definitely not done with Antarctica. There are still a lot of things I want to do on that beautiful continent.

 

Since this is my first attempt at an 8000-meter peak I’m not 100% sure how I will react to the altitude. If the body screams no and doesn’t work on an 8000-meter peak, there is no point of being stupid and pushing too much. But one thing is sure, I love to challenge myself and if I successfully summit Mt. Manaslu this will not be the last high mountain I’ll be climbing.        

 

How will your past experiences help you on the Manaslu climb?

 

To know what it's like to sleep in a tent, to eat the same food, to wake up and do the same tasks, working towards a specific goal for 70 consecutive days is good experience to have for climbing a peak like Manaslu. I also like the cold and I feel confident in how to survive in extreme environments. My past experiences have also taught me how much work and effort it takes to prepare expeditions. 

 

What do you do in between adventures?

 

In Norway I work at an insurance company. It’s also about “risk management”, finding the risk and help people figure out how to make that risk smaller so they can live a safer life. It’s the same thing with expeditions, finding the safest way to reach the goal.   

 

What will be the next expedition?

 

Mt. Everest in March 2014.

 

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At age 20, Teodor Johansen became the youngest person to have ever crossed Antarctica by foot. "...after a successful expedition across the Antarctic Continent something has changed," he says.
courtesy Teodor Johansen, SOURCE
Teodor points out his future destination, the summit of Mt. Everest, during a climb of Rowaling in Nepal. "I visited Nepal for the first time in September 2012 and after 23 days in the mountains was bewitched by the beautiful surroundings."
courtesy Teodor Johansen, SOURCE
Teodor will put his extensive cold weather adventure experience to use on Manaslu this fall. "I now believe that by being prepared, being humble to the power of the nature, and with a supportive group of people by my side, everything is actually possible."
courtesy Teodor Johansen, SOURCE