Hanna started climbing outdoors in 1996 after going through an old school beginners climbing course and taking a huge whipper on lead. It was really old school—the instructor went up to the top of the route looking down at you while leading and more or less saying ‘hmmm, looks good’. She was drawn to crack climbing after spending two months in Squamish after graduation from high school, on her first climbing trip. After that her life has been directed to be able to climb, preferably cracks on long routes. Climbing has taken her to the States, Canada, Pakistan, Greenland, Patagonia, Mexico, Australia and through Europe. She has made some of her best friends, had her biggest laughs, biggest accidents, most memorable stories and best days through climbing.
Hometown: Brastad, Bohuslän, Sweden
Currently Living: Mieussy, France
Height: 175 cm
Career Highlights: Climbing the British Route (VI 5.12+ 600 m/19 pitches) on Nalumasortoq, Tasermiut fjord, Greenland in one push with my good friend Hilde Björgaas. We had a wonderful, cold, wet, beautiful hard day and night. We didn´t manage to freeclimb everything but had the time of our lives.
When did you first start climbing/skiing?
I started climbing indoors for real in 1995 and then outdoors in 1995 taking an old school beginner’s course.
How do you define success?
The feeling of trying your hardest, with an honest intense feeling that I could not have done anything better. Then if I succeed in what I tried or not, that’s not important. But to not have tried your best, then its not success. Learning new things on the way.
Who are your heroes?
My climbing partner Hilde Björgaas. She has an amazing ability to be up when I´m low on a long route. Never looking down, always up with a smile on her face that that is contagious. And when she is low, I´m up, as if it has to be a balance between us, but most of the time we are both filled with energy climbing together.
What inspires you?
People who can dig deep down in their motivation and then keep it together when it really counts. All my climbing partners have that ability and done it with a smile. With that ability you can do almost everything.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Sleeping. I love to sleep! Don’t know how that works, how can you love something that you are not aware of that you are doing? And when you love to do different activities? But I´m a sucker for sleeping.
What are your hidden talents?
To sleep anywhere, at anytime and anyplace?
Tell us about your most favorite place in the world:
There are so many beautiful places with their own charm and feeling. If I only have to say one; Lofoten in Norway. It has a good mix of a good energy, the sun is up 24 hours in the summer, that means there is no night and you can do whatever you want at any time of day or night. The ocean meets the cliffs and the ocean is turquoise. So high upon a route you can look down at the turquoise ocean, which is my favorite color, water, the sand beaches and the ocean that goes on forever, except for a small piece of land that stretches out that leaves a shadow.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be, and why?
I´m a naive person, with the feeling that everything is possible, so why not try? That can get you into situations that you learn a lot from, but maybe not the best situations all the time. It has pushed me forward in my climbing, letting me do things I maybe wouldn´t do if I was listening to all the no-sayers.
Tell us about a time in your life when you have been scared:
Being in Pakistan starting up to do a new route. We where in a snow gully when suddenly a huge rock came tumbling down. After sprinting to the side, the boulder missed us by a few meters. With a heart rate that was too high to be healthy, we continued carefully upwards.