Place: Ålesund, Norway
Cecilie Skog is one of the most prominent female adventurers in the world. She is the only person in the world to have climbed the Seven Summits and to have skied to the South and North Poles. She has crossed the Antarctic without supplies delivered along the route, using just pure muscle power. Where previous expeditions had used ski sails and dogs, all the girl from Sunnmøre had with her were skis and a pulk sled.
Her interest in the outdoors started to emerge seriously in her teens. The mountains pierced the skies, and Cecilie felt a growing desire to embrace the great outdoors. Together with a sense of achievement and curiosity, along came the dreams. Dreams about other mountains and glaciers she wanted to get to know.
"I didn't dream about writing a piece of world history, just about going on adventures. It was about living for the moment", she says.
As well as settings records, Cecilie has crossed Greenland five times, climbed five 8,000-meter peaks and attempted to reach the North Pole in the summer. She has also walked across Greenland whilst pregnant.
“My trips don’t have to be long and demanding. Wherever I go, my trips help me gather my thoughts and achieve peace of mind. When I paddle in a kayak or canoe, trek to the peaks of the Sunnmøre mountains, walk along the beaches in Jæren, or climb boulders with my friends – this is when I feel good”.
Her achievements as a mountaineer and polar explorer are unparalleled, and her love of nature and hiking is one of the cornerstones of her life. In spite of the great amount of happiness she has experienced, she has also encountered tragedy.
In 2008 she lost her husband, Rolf Bae, on a mountaineering expedition on the mountain, K2, on the border between Pakistan and China. Cecilie is currently engaged to adventurer Aleksander Gamme, with whom she also has a daughter, and a new addition to the family is expected in late summer 2016.
Cecilie trained as a nurse and comes from Ålesund. She also studied outdoor education at Volda University College, and has a long track record as a mountain guide both at home and abroad. She has also worked as a glacier guide and glacier instructor. In recent years she has published several books and has also been host of the NRK TV show "Drømmeturen".