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Krister Jonsson

Krister Jonsson was born and raised in the village of Bredträsk, in the far north of Sweden. While small – only about 90 households – Bredträsk offers nearly unlimited access to the outdoors, so Krister grew up climbing, hiking, hunting and fishing. He became a professional guide, working in the Kebnekaise Mountain Station, the jumping off point for Sweden’s most famous – and most rugged – mountain massif. He also spent time working at the well-regarded Nord Norsk Klatreskole guiding company in Henningsvær, in the Lofoten archipelago in Norway. By 1996 he had established his own guiding company, Alpine Madness, and in 2003 became a fully certified UIAGM Guide. He was one of the first full guides from Sweden, and he was also the first Swede to climb all six classic north walls of the Alps. “Climbing is a big part of my life, both for work and for myself” says Krister. “Thanks to my guiding company, I have the opportunity to travel and climb extensively. I am constantly looking to explore new places, and new mountains, and to take expeditions to every conceivable corner of the world. This has taken me to Greenland, South America, and Africa, to Nepal, India and China, and to both Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. I’ve also climbed several times in Alaska and other parts of the United States. I spend between 10 and 12 weeks a year in a tent, and, since utterly reliable equipment is vital in all the places I go, using Hilleberg tents is the obvious choice. I have great regard for these tents because they are easy to set up and are capable of handling high winds, and being able to sleep well even when it’s raining or snowing and blowing hard makes a huge difference.” Krister currently lives (and plays) “within view of some of the tallest and most imposing mountains of the Alps,” outside Chamonix, France.