Published 28th of march 2022, last updated 20th of october 2022
Thomas Lone wrote history in 2019 when he climbed Mount Everest and
became the youngest Scandinavian to complete ‘The Seven Summits’ the following
year. Alongside his lofty achievements he completed his full-time studies at
NTNU and MIT to be a civil engineer.
Adventuring and life outside the comfort zone began in earnest during a
year at the military command school. Since then, Thomas has traveled the world
to experience new cultures and the wildest natural environments. In addition to
mountaineering, he has cycled the length of Norway, crossed southern Spitsbergen
with a sled and skied down from 8000m on K3 in the Karakoram.
For the past two years, Thomas has worked in the shipping industry, but
from 2022 he lives on adventures and lectures full-time.
Hi Thomas, where in the world are you?
Hei og hopp! Right now, I’m at my little base camp in Hemsedal
together with Jannicke and our Gordon Setter and baby Ravn. After a life in the
town I feel lucky every day to finally live in the middle of the mountains. We
have everything on our doorstep, I can put the skins on my backcountry skis in
the hallway and ski out the door. In the summer we have fantastic fly fishing
in the river and running or cycling in the mountains. When I’m holding
lectures, there are many larger towns just a few hours away, and when I want
more alpine hills Vestland and Jotunheimen are accessible. If you’re in
Hemsedal looking for something to do, give me a call and come by for a coffee!
How would you describe yourself?
Firstly, I am very happy when I’m on a trip! I love
challenges and have a solid dose of competitive instinct. Ever since I left the military, I've tried to
step outside my comfort zone and push my limits a little every day to reach new
heights. It has sent me on an incredibly exciting journey!
My curiosity always hunts for new experiences, and I seek
freedom to realise my dreams. The goal is to be able to share my experiences
with others and to inspire them to achieve what they want and have a better
It’s not rare to hear the word ‘crazy’. Those who know me best know how much time and focus I put in to minimise the risk and do things as safely as possible. I have no desire to take unnecessary risks and would sooner live
life to the full. Many would describe me as skilled, energetic and kind, but simultaneously tiring, intense and not least querulous.
Who are your role models?
I have several role models and many personalities who
have been decisive on my journey in recent years. If I were to choose one
person, it would have to be Erling Kagge. His ability to jump into unknown
terrain, seek freedom and versatility in harmony with nature, while at the same
time having impressive commercial flair and good leadership skills inspires me
enormously. He has shown me what is possible to achieve with my starting point,
and I look at his achievements and enterprises with awe.
ACDC - Thunderstruck
What types of activities do you do?
Now that I've finally got a garage, there are no longer
any limits! I've tried my hand at most things and enjoyed most things that
aren't ball sports. Because I'm completely useless there! Before I joined the army,
I competed internationally in kiting and paddling. Since then, I've mostly been
high mountain climbing, but I also spend many hours skiing, fly fishing,
cycling, swimming, running, cross-country skiing, paragliding, speed riding,
strength training and of course tire towing 😉
Summer or winter?
People often say summer is best in the middle of
winter, and vice versa! If I had to choose, I’m undoubtedly a winter person. In recent
years I have spent most of the summer in the southern hemisphere or high peaks in
the Himalayas with the temperatures well below zero. One of the things I hate
most on a trip are insects, so then winter becomes a natural choice.
Where are you right now?
I’m in Molde for a presentation. Even though Base Camp is in Hemsedal,
I’m usually out and about in search of conference halls and powder snow.
Where do you wish you were right now?
I wish I could be on the way to my next
expedition and adventure. There is little that compares to the butterflies in
my stomach and the excitement of the unknown when one throws themselves into a
new project. Fortunately, Jannicke and I are travelling to the Himalayas in a
couple of weeks.
What are your best qualities on a trip?
I’m a good planner and meet new challenges with a positive enthusiasm and curiosity.
Success often lies in preparation.
I HATE mosquitoes, spider webs, flies and pretty much anything that crawls or creeps when one just wants a peaceful walk! It’s doesn’t take long before I begin to curse, and I wish this wasn’t a part of me.
Any trips you remember well?
I could write
long stories about countless moments in fantastic nature and indescribable
views from high mountain peaks. Nevertheless, there is a trip that sits extra
deep in the heart. Almost 2 years ago, Even Sverdrup and I crossed
Hardangervidda lengthwise with three former drug addicts from the organization
Medvandrerne. Are, Lars and Atle had spent most of their adult lives with drugs
and crime. Getting to share real travel magic with them and share robber
stories from the tent really created friendships for life. It was an incredibly
nice and meaningful experience that I hope to recreate later.
Do you have a favourite destination?
Without a doubt, Hemsedal, because it’s incredibly diverse. From our Base Camp we have the opportunity
to engage in the vast majority of activities right outside the door. In
addition, Hemsedal is a fantastic starting point with a short distance to
Hardangervidda, Oslo, Jotunheimen and the whole of Western Norway!
My proudest moment was when I took the final steps up to the top of Mt Vinson on 6 January 2020 together with Håkon Erlandsen. The biggest dream of my life had come true, I had climbed the highest mountain on every continent in the world. Antarctica offered cold weather and an effective 65 degrees below
zero that day. I have never been so cold, moved or proud either before or since.
Have you ever been afraid on a trip? What did you learn from it?
It often happens that I feel fear while I'm on a trip, but only a few
times have I been genuinely afraid of not coming home again. One of them was on
Denali in Alaska, North America's highest mountain. My mate Didrik and I had
climbed to the highest camp and were completely alone just below the summit.
What, according to the weather forecast, was supposed to be a moderate 2-3 day
storm developed into a powerful cyclone over the entire mountain range. We were
completely stuck for a total of 8 days in around minus 40 degrees and up to 40
m/s wind! Because of the conditions, we both knew that help would not come if
something went wrong. No one could climb up to help us and no helicopter could
attempt a rescue in such winds. In addition, we only had food for two days and
lost weight. If a gust of wind had blown a tent pole, I'm pretty sure to this
day that we would both have died. Miraculously, the tent held up, and I
gratefully landed at Gardermoen a couple of weeks later, 59 kg heavy.
How important is gallow humour for you?
Gallow humour can be good on a trip,
especially when it contributes to maintaining the positivity of the group in
the face of adversity. I am a champion of being
positive in all situations no matter how bad things are going. Negativity just
creates a bad spiral.
Who is the boss? You or nature?
I can name so many occasions where nature has made me a humble man. Only through hard training, solid preparations and permission from mother earth can we truly go beyond our limits in nature.
What do you enjoy about being in nature?
It’s best to experience the contrasts. Partly in your surroundings, but
also within yourself.
Do you think about the environment when you're out in the wild?
We are incredibly privileged to have such a beautiful and versatile
planet. We are extremely privileged here in Norway to be able to access and use
nature so freely all year round. To be able to do this in a sustainable way, we
must all take responsibility and be aware of the way we plan our trips. I am
proud to work with brands that take responsibility for their footprint, and ALFA
is no exception 😊
What is your motto?
Don’t count the days, make
the days count.
I'm wondering that myself! There has been a rather sad void after completing the Seven Summits, and I haven't had much else to fill it with other than Coronavirus.
In the last year, I have opened my eyes to extreme sports and learned both speedriding and paragliding. It is not impossible that there will be a parachute course in the summer either. But in the long term, I want to
experience the poles, which are currently completely unknown terrain for me.
We have to ask: why did you choose ALFA?
The answer is simple: ALFA makes quality products that work well on my
trips, in a sustainable way. I first caught sight of ALFA in the Armed Forces
with the legendary model M77. I more-or-less lived in this boot on trips both
that year and several after. I walked about 10,000 km on one pair, and now use
different ALFA models for all my activities.
What is your favourite ALFA shoe?
There are so many shoes to choose between! For daily use I live in
ALFA Drift which are my comfy everyday shoes. If I had to choose a model, it
would be ALFA Juvass. This is a lightweight shoe, with good ankle support and
tolerates cold and wet surroundings. I
use them for ice climbing, hikes into the high mountains, walking, fly fishing,
paragliding and tyre pulling etc. Very much an all-round shoe.