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Fredrik Ericsson

FREDRIK is a professional skier and mountaineer from Sweden that spends most of his time in Chamonix, France. He grew up in a town called Umeå in the northern part of Sweden with long winters and lots of snow. But it wasn´t until the age of 18 that he found out that skiing was his big passion. Fredrik worked as a ski instructor in Oppdal, Norway for two seasons before he left Scandinavia and spent winters in Queenstown, New Zealand and Fernie Canada. In the year of 2000 Fredrik came to Chamonix where he found the perfect playground for all his interests: skiing, climbing and mountain biking.

During the winters he travels to ski resorts and remote mountain ranges worldwide with photographers Mikael Pilstrand and Fredrik Schenholm doing photo shoots for ski magazines,websites and his sponsors. That has taken him to places like Iceland, Sarek National Park in Sweden, Svalbard Islands in the Arctic Sea and The Kackar Mountains in Turkey.

In the summer of 2003 Fredrik traveled to the Himalayas for the first time. He went to the Pamir Mountains in Tajikistan where he made a ski descent of the 7495 meter high mountain Peak Somoni (Peak Communism). That opened his eyes and made him crave for more big mountains. In 2004 he climbed to the central summit of Shisha Pangma (8012m) in Tibet. By skiing down the mountain he became the first Swede to ski from 8000-meters. The year after, Fredrik and his Norwegian friend Jörgen Aamot made an attempt to ski the spectacular Laila Peak (6069m) in Pakistan. They didn´t quite make it all the way and skied from 5950m. That same year he also skied Gasherbrum 2 (8035m). In 2007 Fredrik returned to the Himalayas to ski the world´s seventh highest peak, Dhaulagiri (8167m). Bad conditions forced him to turn around at 8000 meters from where he made a 3000 vertical meters ski descent. He has also made attempts to ski Kangchenjunga (8586m) and K2 (8612m).

In the film Free Radicals 618 (2009) you can see Fredrik on his attempt of skiing Kangchenjunga.

Currently Fredrik is working on his project called Ski The Big 3 where he plans to ski the world´s three highest mountains: Mount Everest (8850m), K2 (8612m) and Kangchenjunga (8586m). The project continues with K2 in the summer of 2010.

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