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Fredrik Ericsson (born March 14, 1975 in Sundsvall, Sweden) is a Swedish mountaineer and extreme skier. He grew up in Umeå in the northern part of Sweden but nowadays he spends most of his time in Chamonix, in the French Alps.

Fredrik Ericsson climbing on Kangchenjunga (8586m) with Jannu in the background.

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During the summer of 2003 Ericsson climbed and skied the 7495 meters high Ismoil Somoni Peak (Peak Communism) in Tajikistan. In 2004 he became the first Swede to ski descend and 8000-meters peak when he skied from the central summit of Shisha Pangma (8012m) in Tibet. In 2005 Ericsson and his Norwegian friend Jörgen Aamot made an attempt to ski the coveted Laila Peak (6069m) in Pakistan but bad conditions forced them to turn around at 5950m from where they as the first people ever skied down the mountain. Same year they also skied from the summit of Gasherbrum II (8035m), Ericsson's second 8000-meters peak. Ericsson returned to the Himalayas in 2007 to attempt his third 8000er, Dhaulagiri (8167m) in Nepal. Massive amount of snow and dangerous conditions forced him to turn around at 8000 meters from where he skied 3000 vertical meters down to base camp. Fredik has also skied in exotic places like Turkey, Iceland, Sicily and Svalbard.

Ericsson features in documentary films like Skiing Everest and ski movies like Free Radicals 618 and Kong Vinter 3.

Fredrik Ericsson skiing on Kangchenjunga (8586m) with Talung and Kabru in the background.

Ski Descents

  • 2003 Fredrik Ericsson climbed Peak Somoni (Peak Communism) and skied from the summit at 7495m to 4500 meters.
  • 2004 Fredrik Ericsson climbed the central summit of Shisha Pangma and skied down to 5600 meters.
  • 2005 Fredrik Ericsson climbed Gasherbrum II (8035m) together with Norwegian Jörgen Aamot and they skied from summit to 5500 meters.

Other significant ski descents include Mont Blanc, Gervasutti Couloir on Mont Blanc du Tacul and the Y-couloir on Aiguille d'Argentiere.

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