Haakon and Tarald Skagefoss
have been forced to leave the expedition, but all else is well..
Petter Kragset (b. 1960), expedition leader. Originating
from Hakallestranda, Sunnmøre on the west coast of Norway. He grew up in the
seashore along with crab and fish. Short thereafter his main interest became
track and field covering plenty of miles on mountain and dirt roads. Turning
17 years old, he moved to Oslo and held a variety of jobs including postman,
banker, paperboy and eventually his own real estate company. His stamp
collection was soon replaced with a collection of the highest mountains of all
countries of the world. Europe is already complete. He also has six of the
seven summits, Carstensz Pyramid (4884 m), Mount Vinson (4898 m), Elbrus (5642
m), Kilimanjaro ( 5895 m), McKinley (6194 m), and Aconcagua (6962 m).
“Only Everest is missing”, concludes Petter.
Henrik Wolf Meedom (b. 1973) 100% from Oslo, Norway.
Graduated with a degree in Business, working as banker. He has also lived 4
years in Canada. Has summited Mt McKinley (6194 m), and spent quite some time
trekking around the Norwegian mountains. Interests within sports include
windsurfing, mountain biking, rowing, hunting and plenty of skiing. At winter,
the nearby forest of Oslo is subject to hundreds of miles of cross-country
skiing. Other hobbies include the pleasure of women, Wine and as little song
as possible. (Norwegian saying)
“Why Everest? I like a good challenge and Everest is Everest is Everest“, says
Marius Flygind (b. 1973) Born and raised in Oslo. Currently
working for VOSS of Norway ASA exporting artesian water in fancy bottles. Has
summited Elbrus (5642 m), Mt McKinley (6194 m), Aconcagua (6962 m) and Muztagh
Ata (7546 m). During winter he is often to be seen x-c skiing in the forests
of Oslo. He is, as the expeditions only member of the VIF-clan (a soccer
supporting group) accustomed to extreme and nerve wrecking situations.
“I am generally fond of trekking, especially if it can be combined with a
party or two..”, says Marius
Eirik Bjargo (b. 1951) A licensed chiropractor by trade from
Oslo. Initiator and co-owner of the health clinic chain named "Klinikk for
alle A/S". He has many years of experience from trekking the Norwegian
mountains along with expedition experience from Antarctica, Mt Vinson (4898 m)
Chile, Torres del Paine, Carstensz Pyramid (4884 m), Mt. Blanc (4810 m)
Aconcagua (6962 m), crossing Greenland by skiing and the Atlantic ocean by
“I am still hungry for new challenges”, says Eirik
Håkon Staver (b. 1957) Lives in Bærum outside Oslo and is a
teacher in high school. He has 25 years of rock climbing experience from near
and far places. He has climbed a number of the most strenuous and difficult
routes in Norway and the Alps, including two routes of Trollveggen. He did his
first ascent of Rondespiret in the Antarctic in 1997, and did the first
Norwegian ascent of Peak Nansen (5900 m) in Kirgisistan winter of 2000.
“I lack a really high mountain, and what is better than Everest”, says Håkon.
Tarald Skagefoss (b. 1968) Lives in Asker outside of Oslo. A
carpenter by trade, currently working within real estate with development and
sale. Has been active in sports of all kinds, but mostly into x-c skiing,
hockey, windsurfing alpines skiing and soccer. Started with rock climbing in
the early 90’s and is possibly the holder of “most ascents to Skaugumåsen with
a backpack and ropes”. Highest achievement until now: Aconcagua (6962 m).
“To me Everest is a challenge impossible to turn down”, says Tarald
Mattias Karlsson (b. 1965) Born and raised in Umeå, Sweden.
He is currently living in Stockholm working as a lawyer for Mannheimer
Swartling Advokatbyrå. He has competed in downhill skiing, and has ridden a
number of extreme routes both in Norway, Sweden and The Alps. He has climbed
the Mont Blanc traverse, Mont Blanc du Tacul (4350 m) Mont Maudit (4560 m) and
Mont Blanc (4810 m). He also holds the unofficial record of speed-trekking
through Bhutan. Mattias is aware of that, as a Swede, he takes a huge risk by
joining a Norwegian expedition in the 100 year-celebration of liberating
Norway from the terror of Sweden.
“The dream of Everest outweighs the fear of Norwegians”, says Mattias
Vidar Femdal Røe (b. 1968) Happily married with two kids
living in Oslo. He has dedicated much of his life to the delicacies of the
Mediterranean in a business where he has already achieved many highs. Other
challenges are also tempting, and the interest for mountaineering has long
been a passion. He has climbed Elbrus (5642 m), Kilimanjaro (5895 m), and Mt
McKinley (6194 m) as his highest mountains until now. He is truly a sporty,
humorous and a cool dude that enjoys the team spirit of mountaineering.
“We’re gonna make it”, says Vidar.
Jon Gangdal (b. 1954) He is the expedition's consultant, and
one of Norway’s most experienced Himalayan climbers. He has participated and
lead 8 expeditions to the Himalayas, including 3 to Mount Everest. His highest
mountains until now include Cho Oyu (8201 m) Manaslu (8163 m) og Shisa Pangma
(8046 m). Jon has his own consultant company and has written several books on
the subject of rock climbing and mountaineering.
“I am still in love with the goddess of earth”, says Jon
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