Tete Blanche, Walliser Alps, Switzerland
The crossing of the Walliser Alps, from the Matterhorn to the Mont-Blanc, is an epic adventure. Beyond our backcountry skiing ability but too good an opp to turn down!
While technically, the Haute Route is not difficult, brutal 4 to 6 hour climbs take a lot out of you. Go in April or May, when the days are longer, so you have the extra time to rest your legs before these epic descents. Because that's where the big fun begins.
Seven unforgettable days, breath taking views and pristine powder as we tackle the ups and downs to Chamonix: Day 1: Make the 90 minute climb up to the Britannia hut 9,900 feet.Day 2: From the Britannia hut we make the 5 hour climb up to the Adler pass. Skiing the steeps down to Zermatt.Day 3: Hop on a cable car in Zermatt (5300 feet) with the cable-car to the Klein-Matterhorn (12,600 feet.) Head up to Breithorn (13,745 feet.) Lock in your skis and drop down to Schwarzsee (8,525 feet.) Finish the day with a 2-hour climb…
I purchased a pair of Lowa Zephyr Desert boots when I learned my unit was going to Afghanistan.
After walking over 450 kilometers through the rugged terrain consisting of rock, wadi lines that soaked our boots daily, and desert with thorny bushes, I discovered that my boots had finally started to wear out.
They lasted longer than other boots I have owned and I plan to get another pair soon.
Even though they are rotting from constant immersion in mud and water they are still comfortable.
Thank you for making such a quality product.
- SSG McKinnis, Infantry Squad Leader, Afghanistan
From 2003 to 2016, my wife and I lived in a small city in the Al Buraimi desert in the United Arab Emirates. For 13 years we enjoyed an uninterrupted summer of swimming, short sleeves and sandals. It was fun while it lasted, but we felt we needed a bit of a change, so we applied for a job that could send us anywhere in the world.
We couldn’t believe it when we were offered a posting in Irkutsk, Russia… Siberia!
Of course, we took it.
The biggest challenge for us was to purchase a completely new warm, functional wardrobe to help us live in an environment that couldn’t be any more different from the one we were moving from.
Our contacts in Russia told us we really needed to be mindful of the footwear we planned on bringing. Not only did our shoes and boots have to keep our feet warm when temperatures dropped to -30 or more, but they also had to have a good tread as the sidewalks and streets are covered in snow and ice from October to April.