Denali: Under the Midnight Sun

The two of us made an early season climb on the West Buttress of Denali when daytime highs were still struggling to get above -30 Celsius.

In the less sunny hours we were seeing much cooler temps than that. But (with a little diligent attention to moisture management) the cold was a challenge our feet never had to deal with. From day one, all the way through a ten day shut-down blizzard at over 17,000 feet, and on to the summit, our toes stayed cozy.

We saw three other people on the mountain wearing the same LOWA Expedition boots. Two Germans and an American-sounding guy who all shared with us how happy they were to have warm feet. 

Aside from all the warmth and comfort we were impressed with the fit and resultant handling properties of the boots. The solid crampon connection gave us confidence while traversing exposed patches of boiler plate high mountain ice.

On the way down we tightened the inner straps, snapped into our mountaineering skis, and enjoyed a blissful descent, just the two of us, under the midnight sun in a layer of fresh cold powder!!

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