March 22, 2011

As strong, now, as they were then...

I received a pair of your boots about five years ago as a gift. They have withstood temperatures from -60 degrees to +140 degrees fahrenheit.

They have forded rivers, climbed mountains, hiked through knee deep snow and shifting sand. They've had motor oil spilled on them, paint dripped on them, soaked through and through.

The tread is as strong, now, as it was then. After 5 years, despite my best effort they are only now starting to show wear.

Thank you for making some of the best boots in the world.

~Patrick C.

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March 20, 2011

Quest of the 7 Summits

Erik Weihenmayer and three partners, all accomplished expeditioners, climbed up and then skied down 18,500-foot Mt. Elbrus in Russia. The team was outfitted with LOWA Struktura GTX AT boots -- the same boots used by the Marolt brothers to successfully ski Everest.

Mt. Elbrus was Erik's sixth expedition on his quest to conquer seven summits (the highest points on each continent). Last May the team set five new records on Mt. Everest.

And, oh, by the way... Erik is blind.

Notes from Elbrus, Russia - Summit #6
On June 6th we arrived in southern Russia, on the border of Georgia and Chechnya and then bussed 4 hrs to the base of Mt Elbrus. After spending a couple of days skiing and getting acclimated, we began our ascent.

The route went from 11,000 feet to 13,800 where we camped for a night. That next morning, June 13th, we went for the summit at 6 am in whiteout conditions.

We skinned as high as we could before we had to don our crampons on the blue glacier ice. The Structura Gortex boots were great for the ascent - very comfy. No one got blisters. All of us made it to the top but no one got much of a view (especially EW, but that's not why he climbs).

We then prepared for the descent, which meant 9,500 vertical feet of skiing. We experienced everything from blue ice to powder to heavy spring slush all in one long run. Upon return to the bottom we had great sunny views of the mountains around us. The boots performed beautifully. There were no major falls or incidents on either the ascent or descent. LOWA really helped us to reach our goal of the 6th of the 7 summits. The trip was a big success.

The Blind Climber Down Under - Mt. Kosciusko, Australia - Summit #7

Last month we again headed out for the last of our 7 summits. We traveled to Australia and skied up Mt Kosciusko, which is 7,316 ft. We left at 4 am on the 13th of September in hopes of reaching the summit for photos of the sunrise.

We started our journey up the slopes of the Thredbo Ski Resort battling darkness, rain, glare ice and 60mph winds in a whiteout to reach this "easy" summit.

It took us 4 hours to make it to the top and only about an hour to ski back to the lodge for a nice "breaky". We needed no crampons, as we skied all the way up and down. The LOWA Struktura GTX AT boots were great, no blisters but a few exciting falls as we climbed up the icy slopes in the dark. We again had some spectacular spring skiing - only this time in September.

Blind mountain climber, Erik Weihenmayer embarked this September on the final leg of his historic Seven Summits quest with the support and sponsorship of Allegra®, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), and LOWA Boots - among others.

Weihenmayer successfully made it to the summit of Mt. Kosciuszko (kos-key-u-sko) - the tallest peak in Australia - standing at 7,316 ft.

Weihenmayer joins an elite group of approximately 100 athletes, including 30 Americans, who have climbed the Seven Summits - the tallest peaks on each of the seven continents.

Climbing the Seven Summits is the ultimate accomplishment for a climber and is comparable to winning the Grand Slam in tennis. The Seven Summits include:

  1. Everest (29,029 ft.)
  2. Aconcagua (22,840 ft.)
  3. Denali/Mt. McKinley (20,320 ft.)
  4. Kilimanjaro (19,339 ft.)
  5. Elbrus (18,510 ft.)
  6. Vinson Massif (16,067 ft.)
  7. Mt. Kosciuszko (7,316 ft.).
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March 10, 2011

Walking Our Way Through Italy

In Italy we walked until we were comatose!

Our first stop was Venice. What a city! No cars. Great art. And wonderful food. One of our favorite places was Piazza San Marco. Alison fed the pigeons, and was quickly surrounded. Looked like a friendly version of "The Birds". The Doges' Palace is remarkable because of the art and the architecture.

I was in my LOWA Tempests, and they were awesome. Standing or walking eight hours a day, sometimes putting on ten miles or more, my feet were never sore.

Positano, an old seaport city just below Rome on the Amalfi Coast was our next stop. The city is built on a mountain, which descends into the sea. Walking is either straight up or down. Our hotel was at sea level so we walked up. Positano was the perfect place for relaxation. Reading on the beach. Good food. Lots of sunshine.

On the second day we drove to Naples and Pompeii. It was enlightening. Ancient Pompeii was organized, progressive, and very liberal. John Birch would have hated this place.

More day trips to Capri and the Blue Grotto. In Capri we hiked to the top of the island to ancient Roman ruins, Villa Jovis where Tiberius ruled the Roman Empire during his last days. He'd throw people a cliff when displeased with them. Blue Grotto is very crowded and chaotic. Boats everywhere and boatmen who encourage tips from passengers while insulting the mothers of fellow boatsmen. As usual, it was worth it, and very Italian.

The last stop was Rome. We stayed near the Spanish Steps, close to everything. Saw the Vatican, ancient Rome, a Rodin exhibit, and countless other great museums. Good thing the art in the Sistine Chapel was consuming, otherwise I would have gotten claustrophobia. Michelangelo's masterpiece is worth it. In fact, we went twice to see it. We found Rome to be energetic, young, and chaotic. What can I say about the driving? Italians are maniacs behind the wheel. And those on scooters aren't any better. It's part of the charm.

We found the people of Italy to be friendly, and were most impressed with their optimistic attitude toward life. Whether a maid or an executive, they all greeted us with the same exuberant, "Buon Giorno!"

And I don't know how they feel so good in the morning because they don't eat dinner until 11 PM, and then party till 2.

Thanks, Lowa!
Paul K.

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March 3, 2011

Exceeded My Expectations

Arizona Sunset

I have owned Lowa boots for about 5 years. I purchased the Jannu Lo April 2007 and I wear them everyday.

Hiking, running, walking the dogs... they are the best boots in the world. I've recently purchased a new pair of Tempest QC's and again Lowa has exceeded my expectations.

I also love the fact that Lowa makes boots with no Gore-tex. I live in Arizona and in the heat you do not want Gore-tex. I sincerely LOVE MY LOWA BOOTS. I'm very loyal to Lowa, and will be a Forever Customer.

Terry S.
Maricopa, Arizona

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