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EXPLORE WITH SOUTH POLE DREAMS
Finnish woman to South Pole
November 2019 I will start my unsupported ski to South Pole.
I will be skiing with an experienced American guide Ryan Waters and Dutch seven summiter Jaco Ottink. The trip will last 2 months.
Unsupported ski trek means without outside support and the skier must carry everything she needs with her including food for the whole time. That is done by pulling a sled that will weigh 110 kg in the beginning. First part of the ski is hardest since the skier must climb up to the glacier. The whole trip is skiing upwards, but slope gets much easier after getting to the glacier. Distance is 1200 km beginning from Hercules Inlet at Weddell Sea coast.
"LIVE A LITTLE;
COMFORT A LITTLE;
CHEER THYSELF A LITTLE"
I plan to ski unsupported to South Pole. That would be my chance to have my 50 year celebration out of town.
I will make neither speed nor age records. I will not join Foreign Legion or Paratroopers. I wish to set the example as an ordinary woman in good fit who can make dreams come true with hard work and dedication, Finnish sisu that is.
Despite small size of the population Finns are well known abroad in many fields; high standard of education, welfare society, high technology and ice hockey. Why not.
Everest first DONE
My climb to Mt Everest will start 6th Apr 2019. I aim to be summiting late May and come back home in June. I go together with British company Adventure Peaks from North side of Everest. The mountain is 8844 m high and pretty windy place to be.
People often think, why to do such things. Isn't it dangerous? You might get killed, or good scenario just to loose a toe. I ask, why do you smoke. Are you really brave enough to risk for getting cancer? When did you sweat hard last time?
I don't have any better answers than that. I try climb Everest, because it's fun thing to do and I'm in the lucky position that I can try. 10 % of Finnish families with kids live in poverty. We can tackle that problem by climbing Everest.
You give your money to charity work and I climb.
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All monetary support goes uncut for helping poor Finnish families around capital area through Apuna ry. Cheerful messages for the skier.
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Providing kids with gear for hobbies is good way to get into social interaction and promote equality.
Pelastakaa Lapset ry
Pelastakaa Lapset ry offers opportunities to poor kids for studying and hobbies. High school books are expensive, ice hockey gear even more so.
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Make your dreams come true
I work in health care both as a medical practitioner and educator, a hint of the first South Pole explorer Roald Amundsen who studied medicine before switching to other adventures here. I enjoy working with medical students when I can see their enthusiasm and curiosity about life itself. Medical students are very often interested not only of medicine but other areas of life as well, arts, sports, politics and nature. Recently I have got the chance to widen my scope by teaching in China as well. Intercultural understanding is most important these days and learning different mindsets is of irreplaceable importance to me. I am thankful to my Chinese students and hope to find more opportunities for collaboration in the future.
I would like to give courage to young people who are losing their faith in the future. In my work I see frequently people who are struggling in their lives having both physical, mental and social problems. Sometimes people get stuck in old ways to think and see their environment and possibilities very limited. Situations can get really bad and extremely oppressive but there is always a way to make it better. I have seen in my 20 years career that mental and spiritual change is possible even in the darkest times and life change will follow if that happens. Skiing might not save lives like medicine but it sure can prevent many diseases and skiing for 2 months will prove right my hypothesis that anything is possible.