Father who lost his job now spends his days climbing mountains and roaming the snowy Norwegian wilderness with his three-year-old daughter
- Alexander Read and three-year-old daughter Mina have spent five months out in the Norwegian wilderness
- The pair spend their time traversing across snow, ice and rock, and have trekked most of southern Norway
- Mina has already conquered one of Norway’s biggest mountains, Mt. Snøhetta, at a staggering 7,500ft tall
- As well as taking the usual supplies on their trips, Alexander also has to bring nappies and story books
Meet the father and his three-year-old daughter who spend their days climbing mountains and roaming across the Norwegian wilderness.
Alexander Read, 33, lost his job at the beginning of year but decided to turn his misfortune into a travelling opportunity with his then two-year-old daughter, Mina.
And since March, the duo has spent time traversing across snow, ice and rock, trekking 310 miles across almost all of southern Norway.
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Alexander Read and his three-year-old daughter, Mina, who spend their days climbing mountains and roaming the Norwegian wilderness
Alexander, a former soldier, lost his job at the beginning of the year so decided to take the opportunity to go travelling with his daughter
The pair have spent time traversing across snow, ice and rock, trekking 310 miles across almost all of southern Norway
On their travels, Mina has been learning about the great outdoors and developing various skills, including fishing
Mina has already conquered one of Norway’s biggest mountains, Mt. Snøhetta, standing at a staggering 7,500ft
Alexander, a former soldier, has been towing 40kg of regular mountaineering provisions behind him – such as food, fuel and a tent – and other less-conventional, but still vital, supplies for his pint-sized accomplice including nappies, story books and a pink princess kit.
The pair have spent nearly five months of 2018 in the great outdoors, and at just three years old, Mina has already conquered one of Norway’s biggest mountains, Mt. Snøhetta, standing at a staggering 7,500ft.
Hoping to continue his adventures with Mina for a long time yet, Alexander is also excited by the prospect of another child joining the team come January.
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Alexander, who graduated with a masters from the University of Manchester, said: ‘I’ve been hiking in the mountains for as long as I can remember – my mom took me out on trips when I was a young boy.
‘That’s where the foundation was built for what would become a strong interest and hobby, before becoming part of my family’s way of living.
‘Mina’s first outdoor experience was when she was five weeks old, and her mom and I took her hunting in the mountains.
Alexander says that Mina has learned how to analyse her surroundings and the sometimes slippery surfaces she walks on so she doesn’t fall
Mina in the sledge that Alexander tows along the snow. His fiance, Kristin, meets the pair at certain checkpoints to drop off supplies
Alexander said: ‘Mountains are a part of my life, so when Mina was born, she became part of that world automatically’
Mina cuddles her doll at the top of a Norwegian peak. As well as taking the usual supplies in his kit, Alex also has to bring nappies, toys and story books on his travels
‘Ever since then, Mina and I have embarked on several expeditions and long hiking trips in the mountains – sometimes for two months at a time.
‘I never decided to introduce the mountains to Mina, it was as natural as breathing.
‘Mountains are a part of my life, so when Mina was born, she became part of that world automatically.
‘It’s amazing to watch your daughter outdoors in the mountains and see how playful, happy and present she is.
‘She has already learned so much about [the world] just by being outdoors.
Alexander says Mina is already aware of danger, saying: ‘She can even point up at a mountainside and say: “Daddy, we cannot go there because an avalanche may start”
Mina’s first outdoor experience was when she was five weeks old, when her parents took her hunting in the mountains
‘When you see Mina walking on big rocks – which can be slippery – you can see that she is analysing her surroundings and the surface of the rocks in order not to fall.
‘She can even point up at a mountainside and say: “Daddy, we cannot go there because an avalanche may start.”
‘Obviously she has a lot to learn, but so do I.
‘That’s what I really enjoy about the outdoor and adventure life, you’ll never be finished with your learning process no matter how much time you spend in the mountains.’
Alexander’s fiancée, Kristin, a full-time surgeon, rarely joins the duo on their lengthy trips away.
But she does make the occasional cameo appearance dropping off additional supplies to their various checkpoints.
Mina’s mother pictured during a cameo appearance. She is currently expecting the couple’s second child
Alexander said: ‘It’s amazing to watch your daughter outdoors in the mountains and see how playful, happy and present she is’
Currently expecting with their second child, Alexander has already planned an excursion for their newest addition in May next year.
Alexander added: ‘Kristin is amazing – she takes my dreams seriously and make all of this possible to do this as a family.
‘We will never stop [adventuring as a family].
‘As Mina gets older we will have to consider her school, but for now this will be what we do.
‘It’s now a lifelong project to live an adventure.’
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