Twenty years ago today, on May 10th, 1993, then 25 year old Veikka Gustafsson took his last steps to the summit of Mount Everest, becoming the first person from Finland to reach the top of the world.
This historical achievement propelled Veikka to pursue all the 14 over 8000m high mountains in the world without the use of supplementary oxygen.
He completed the project 16 years later in 2009, becoming only the 17th person in history to complete this amazing feat and just the 9th to do it without the use of supplementary oxygen.
Veikka has been an excellent flag carrier for Finnish mountaineering and Finland as a nation throughout his project and also set a great example for the next generation of mountaineers like myself.
Thanks Veikka and congratulations on the anniversary!