Meet Johanna Åström, the Record-Breaking, Down-to-Earth Skyrunner

The Swedish runner was just 24 years old when she set a new course record on the most technical skyrace in the Migu Run World Series.

Johanna Åström had only been skyrunning a month when she pulled down the win on one of the trickiest courses on the circuit.

It wasn’t a fluke. By her 25th birthday, Åström had won the Matterhorn Ultraks Extreme Skyrace, Norwegian Vertical Running Championships, and ranked fourth overall in the World Skyrunning Series.

And yet, it isn’t competition that drives Åström up the mountainside. In her words, “it’s a feeling of tranquility and security.”

This brief but stunning portrait of the young runner is the first in Arc’teryx’s new “Up Close” video series. Take a look.

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Jilli grew up in the rural southern Colorado mountains, later moving to Texas for college. After seven years in corporate consulting, she was introduced to sport climbing — and life would never be the same. She now works as a contributor, gear tester, and editor for GearJunkie and other outlets within the AllGear family. She is based out of Atlanta, Georgia where she takes up residence with her climbing gear and one-eared blue heeler, George Michael.

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