Born and raised in Alaska, Merrick have only had one lifestyle, the outdoor kind. She came to Norway for work in 2009 and told herself she would stay for 2 years maximum. 10 years later she's still here, living the outdoor life in Tromsø together with her Norwegian husband and their 2 kids.
I have only had one lifestyle and that is the outdoor kind
What is your life motto and how did you end up as a mountain guide?
One of my life mottos is `Heaven on Earth.´ There is peace in the mountains and honesty in harsh weather. I want to share my passion of the mountains, so I took a career change. I started the minimum 3 year Norwegian International Mountain Guide program called Nortind. Supposedly, I will be the first mother under qualifying in Nortind. I know it will be a challenging road, but I hope through the supportive networks such as Norrøna, I will balance my way through it.
There is peace in the mountains and honesty in harsh weather. I wanted to share my passion of the mountains, so I took a career change.
I have only had one lifestyle and that is the outdoor kind. With my mother, I began ice climbing at age 8, climbing loose Chugach rock at 9, and summited Denali (N.America highest peak) at 12.
In addition to enjoying the outdoors, I am pursuing projects that turn presumed waste to resource. I am writing a Masters thesis on synergies between Norway and Alaska salmon by-products at UIT.
I love the speed in skiing, the mind game in climbing, and the puzzle piecing of guiding.
Name: Merrick Mordal (Johnston)
Hometown: Fairbanks/Anchorage, Alaska
Favorite place: All places above the moral (polar) circle