So it’s the end of another year, time to look back and reflect as well as set some targets for next year!
The past year has been amazing for me. I spent almost 60 days on Mount Everest in the spring, which culminated into successfully summiting the mountain and reaching the top of the world on May 19th.
Roughly a month later, I completed my dream of climbing the highest mountains of every continent, known as the Seven Summits, by successfully climbing Denali in Alaska.
The Seven Summits have only been achieved by roughly 350 people and becoming the first person from my native Finland to join the group, makes it even better!
In November, my year was capped off when my wife Delanii and I welcomed a baby boy into our world and while he’s pretty much dictated our activities for the last 45 days, he’s left me a bit of time for some public speaking, which I’ve also greatly enjoyed.
I’m sure that 2013 will be full of amazing things again. Next year will also be both the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, but also the 20th anniversary of the first Finnish ascent of Mount Everest by my friend Veikka Gustafsson.
So, I hope that everyone has their “mountains” in mind for next year. Good luck in whatever goals you’ll pursue!