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July 18, 2011

Back in '75...

Path to summit the North Face of the Eiger
The first pair of expedition boots I ever purchased, in 1975, were Lowa. They haven't produced the model for years.

They were leather and it was a triple boot called Lowa-Eiger-Hiebler-Triplex. The leather shell weighed quite a bit. The inner boot was also leather and the 'triple' part was a removable felt liner. Hiebler is a reference to Tony Hiebler who made the 1st winter ascent of the Eiger North Face.

 I had worn rubber 'vapor barrier' boots (Korean boots, aka 'bunny boots') on three previous McKinley expeditions ('72, '73, '74) and by 1975 I'd had enough of those (no support!) and went with the Lowa's. I wore them for years on McKinley and Mt Rainier. I also recall making the mistake (I was a kid) of wearing them on a climb of Mt Olympus which involved 36 miles of trail travel through the Hoh Rainforest in 2 days roundtrip.

Lowa has been around a long time and they make a terrific product.

~ Joe H, RMI Guides



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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

that guy has a lot of mountain experience!

pimalai said...

It sure looks like he has a lot of experience. Maybe he should consider setting up a mountaineering school or leading tours.

PearlmanNate said...

After reading all these posts and about combat boots, I just might decide to be a mountaineer.