Rannveig Aamodt was raised on an ancient Viking farm in the wilds of western Norway and took to climbing in her teens. She gradually progressed through the sport until a 50-foot ground fall in Turkey nearly claimed her life in 2012. She broke ankles, her arm, her back, and her pelvis; endured multiple surgeries; was confined to a wheelchair for 7 weeks; and spent a total of 3 months in hospitals and rehab facilities. Despite this, she returned to climbing with a fiery desire that led to the best sends of her career only 6 months after learning to walk again.
The accident has reshaped her outlook on life and has led her to work as a speaker, focusing on how to find motivation in trying situations. Rannveig spends her free time practicing yoga, cycling, and enjoying good espresso. She has studied acupuncture on animals and is working to develop a practice involving alternative therapies for dogs and horses.