March 25, 1977 |
Laxå, Örebro County, Sweden
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In 2003 Fredrik Sträng participated in the Swedish Dhaulagiri expedition which consisted of six Swedes altogether (Joakim Ahlin, Magnus Flock, Martin Emanuelsson, Fredrik Jönsson, Hans Bornefalk and Fredrik Sträng). Sträng reached the summit, together with Kami Sherpa, who was also part of the expedition.
In 2005, in a commercial expedition led by Ryan Waters, with 6 climbers and 6 high-altitude porters, Fredrik Sträng attempted to climb the north wall of Mount Everest via the northeast ridge. He turned back only 240 m from the summit because the oxygen did not work and because of an outbreak of a throat infection. Sträng reasoned that reaching the summit was not worth risking freezing some of his fingers. It has been asserted by other mountaineers that turning back – with the reason given in this case – constitutes a greater achievement than reaching the summit and suffering exposure. All porters and two clients summited, including a Swede Magnus Flock. Sträng and Flock also participated in a medical experiment conducted by Uppsala University Hospital under the supervision of researcher Stefan Branth and medical student Fredrik Wallin. The purpose was to investigate how the body is affected by hypoxia. The study found among other results that the two lost basically no fat; that at high altitudes almost all metabolism was fuelled by muscle tissue.
During the autumn of 2005 Fredrik Sträng climbed to the central peak of Shishapangma at an altitude of 8013 m.
During the spring of 2006, in another commercial expedition guided by Scott Woolums and Jamie McGuinness, Fredrik Sträng climbed Mount Everest. He used oxygen starting at Camp 2, and reached the summit with 8 of the 8 high altitude porters, and 5 of 12 fellow clients, including fellow Swede Johan Frankelius.
He participated in Jamie McGuinness' international expedition. He was also on the mountain and shot film for two documentaries. One of these documentaries was shown on TV4 in March 2007 and was called Fredrik Sträng och mysteriet på Everest (Fredrik Sträng and the Everest mystery) and was about the theory that George Mallory theoretically could have climbed the mountain as early as June 8, 1924. The other documentary was called 7 Summits and was about Fredrik Sträng's climb of the tallest mountains on each continent on the planet. Fredrik Sträng was even on Mount Everest to look for a Kodak Vest pocket camera which George Mallory's climbing partner Andrew Irvine would have carried and which hypothetically could contain a photograph of Mallory and Irvine on the summit.
In 2006 Sträng finished his 7+7+7 project, the object of which was to climb ”The 7 Summits”, the highest mountains on each continent of the planet. He succeeded in doing this in 191 days and was awarded a Guinness World Record for officially being the fastest climber in the world at the time. He was also the first Swede to have climbed the official 7 Summits. Sträng's 7 Summits adventure was also turned into a book, 7 berg 7 kontinenter 7 månader (7 Mountains 7 Continents 7 Months), which was published in the autumn of 2007. He was also presented with the award "Adventurer of the Year" following his 7 Summits mountain climb.
In 2009 Fredrik Sträng and Niklas Hallström became the first Swedish climbers to summit Makalu (8462 m). 20 days later they also summited Lhotse (8516 m).
In 2010 Fredrik Sträng climbed Stäng Gasherbrum 2 (8035 m) and Gasherbrum 1 (8068 m). He was also nominated in 2010 for "Adventurer of the year" along with Natasha Illum-Berg.
In summer 2012 Fredrik returns to climb K2. This time in the service of scientific research. He participates in an international research project with researchers associated with the University of Umeå, Uppsala University, Aalto University, Cranfield University and Åbo Akademi University for four years to study decision making in extreme environments.
Fredrik Sträng has also participated as a member and photographer in several of Ola Skinnarmo's expeditions. In 2003 an expedition was conducted, In the Footprints of Shackleton, with the purpose of repeating some of the stretches which Sir Ernest Shackleton made in 1916 when he sailed to South Georgia Island in a 6 m long wooden boat (James Caird) and then traversed the island on foot in order to reach Stommnes. The expedition used a steel boat named Searcher and then crossed South Georgia on skis. A documentary was later released on the expedition, "I Shackletons spår", which was shown in Swedish TV4 during Christmas 2004 and also a book, Skinnarmo i Shackletons spår (Skinnarmo in Shackleton's Footprints) which was published in 2005.
In 2004 Fredrik Sträng took part in an expedition together with Ola Skinnarmo to Mongolia with the purpose of horseriding, paddling and attempting to locate the world's largest salmoloid, viz. Taimen in the remote river Onon. A documentary, I Djingis Kahns fotspår (In the Footprints of Genghis Khan) about the trip was shown on TV4 during Christmas 2005.
Participation in disastrous 2008 K2 expedition
In 2008 Fredrik Sträng took part in the International K2 expedition, with 8 members (Mike Farris, Chris Klinke, Tim Horvath, Dr Eric Meyer, Chirring Dorje Sherpa, Chris Warner, Paul Walker and Sträng himself). Of the group's members Chirring Dorje Sherpa was the one who reached the summit. Fredrik Sträng and Dr Eric Meyer turned back at 8000 m early in the morning of August 1 when they concluded that the conditions for safely reaching the summit were not satisfied. During August 1 and August 2 the second most devastating accident in the history of K2 occurred. 11 people died. The main reason was falling ice in the area called the bottleneck (a 100 m tall overarching wall of ice) and which caused the majority of the deaths.
Fredrik Sträng makes his living as a lecturer, documentary film maker and by writing books. He cooperates with the Swedish Save the Children where the purpose is for his adventures and lectures to contribute money to the "Rewrite the Future" project.
- Johnsson, Per; Sträng, Fredrik. 7 berg + 7 kontinenter + 7 månader (in Swedish). ISBN 9100114847, ISBN 9789100114848.
- Into Thin Air, 1997, Jon Krakauer
- Göran Kropp 8000+, 2002, David Lagercrantz
- "K2 report: Missing summit pics and no world records - turning the tables on Fredrik Strang". Explorersweb Inc. 2008-08-06. Retrieved 2008-10-02.
- (Swedish) Sträng årets äventyrare
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