October 21, 2011

Keep Up the Great Work!

Zuoz, Switzerland Ski Resort
Dear Lowa,

In 2005, I bought your Women's Tibet GTX boots in Zuoz, Switzerland. The moment I slipped my feet into those boots they were like "slippers" with Vibram soles.

I asked the salesman to dispose of my old boots and I wore my new Lowas out of the store.

Zuoz, Switzerland Train Station
I have hiked all the high mountain peaks of the White Mountains in New England, including Mount Washington, every summer.

Mt. Washington, New Hampshire
And, while many of my friends worry about getting their feet wet and complain of blisters and hotspots, I don't bat an eye when I walk through a stream or feel the ankle support when scrambling on the granite peaks under a heavy pack in my home state of New Hampshire.

I will be buying a second pair come Spring 2012! These boots are everything when I think of German craftsmanship and design. Keep up the great work!

Susan P.
Barrington, NH USA

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October 15, 2011

As Comfy as My Slippers

In the last 10 years I have worn Tempest II's, Klondike GTX's, and now Renegade II GTX Lo's.

I have just purchased my sixth pair of Lowas. Nothing else compares for comfort and performance. I have done many day trips in the white mountains, I hunt with them in the early fall and I hike several miles every day with my German Shorthair Pointers.

 They are as comfortable as a pair of slippers everytime I put them on. The waterproof Gore-Tex is a must-have for New Hampshire winters and spring seasons.

Thanks for a great product!!

John R.
New Hampshire

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October 4, 2011

14 Mountains, Zero Oxygen for Austrian Alpinist

Stepping into the mountaineering record books, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, age 40, last week became the first woman to summit all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks without using supplementary oxygen. The Austrian alpinist, who is a LOWA Boots International Field Ambassador, using Mountaineering boots supplied by LOWA is also supported by grants from the National Geographic Society

Gerlinde and her team reached the top of K2, the world’s second-tallest mountain and arguably its most difficult and deadly, just after 6p.m. on August 23.

Kaltenbrunner waded though waist-deep snow and battled the peak’s common high winds and avalanche conditions to make it to the top. She was one of four climbers to reach the summit last week, including Maxut Zhumayev and Vassiliy Pivtsov of Kazakhstan, and Darek Zaluski of Poland. Kaltenbrunner’s husband, Ralf Dujmovits, and photographer Tomas Heinrich had turned back to base camp further down the mountain.

Climbing all the world’s 8,000-meter peaks puts Kaltenbrunner in an exclusive club. Reinhold Messner was the first to climb the “eight-thousanders,” finishing the high-altitude feat in 1986. Since then, only a about two-dozen climbers have completed the circuit, which includes K2, Everest, Kangchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Nanga Parbat, Annapurna, Gasherbrum I, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum II, and Shishapangma.

Kaltenbrunner and her team began the K2 expedition in June, when a train of camels transported their supplies from Xinjiang, China. They made base camp at about 3,900 meters and worked to finally ascend K2 via the North Pillar route.

This was not her first time to the deadly mountain. Last year, Kaltenbrunner and a team made an attempt to summit K2 but the expedition ended tragically with the death of team member Fredrick Ericsson.

Kaltenbrunner was quoted this year on the expedition’s blog thanking her friends and fans for their “mental support.” She said she could “clearly feel and [was] literally carried to the summit” by the energy.

Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner is a LOWA Boots International Field Ambassador. Article is re-published from Photo credits: National Geographic.

—Stephen Regenold is editor of All photographs © National Geographic.

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