January 30, 2016
In August 2015 I went with my boyfriend in Alberta. We visited Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise and Columbia Icefield. The landscape was wonderful with all the mountains!
My Lowa boots are always with me when I am hiking! This week was perfect, Canada is a beautiful country!
- Emilie K.
Posted by World Wide Walkers at 1:21 PM
January 29, 2016
Somebody told me that we only have one life to live. Rumor or not, I decided to hit the road. Who crossed the country in winter time? Someone with time, a little bit crazy and craving for some adventure!
Québec to BC, here I am!
My objective: make all the hikes that I can - 3 months of adventure. My LOWA boots took me everywhere!
''With good boots, you can go everywhere! Follow your feet and discover the world!''
- Isabelle C.
Posted by World Wide Walkers at 1:18 PM
January 26, 2016
Joe - a friend of mine - told me he wanted to climb "those rugged peaks" he had seen to the south when he was at the summit of Mt. Townsend.
I told him that the climber's route to those peaks just happened to be one of my favorites. So, we did it and this picture is of me on one of the multiple peaks of "Welch Peaks" in the Olympic Mountains.
- Jim M.
Posted by World Wide Walkers at 1:13 PM
January 23, 2016
January 18, 2016
Back in 1995, my father told me: "Son, at the mountain, you need to be prepared for everything. You don't need to be full-equipped with a bunch of expensive stuff that you will just carry up and down but you can easily do without. However, you shouldn't miss your way with your boots."
That summer, we were in the Alps. We went to a shop, and he bought me a good pair of boots (Tibet GTX Lowa boots). They have been worth every penny. We have walked together for years. Sometimes until my exhaustion. Sometimes until the end...
This summer, the polyurethane of my old friend said enough. I knew the day would come. It has happened with other boots and brands before. But, for this pair... it seemed somehow unfair. The course of time never changed their character: hard on the outside, comfy on the inside. So... no. Not yet. Not this time! I packed them and I will repair the inner sole.
This time it is me taking care of them. We still have so much to walk together.
* Pictures taken by me this November in the "Torres del Paine" National Park.
- Andreu G.
Posted by World Wide Walkers at 1:05 PM
January 16, 2016
My Lowas have hiked the Coast to Coast in England, the Bruce Trail in Ontario and here they are at the top of a mountain in the Rockies! Next year they'll take me along Hadrian's Wall in England and more of the Bruce Trail and the Rockies.
I don't go anywhere without them! Love my Lowas...
Posted by World Wide Walkers at 12:59 PM
January 15, 2016
My story is about a hike in Israel to a river that flows into the dead sea. We started our hike and climbed up the mountain to a magnificent view point of the dead sea.
On the way we had to pass through mud and and small canyons that were filled with water. Fortunately, I had my LOWA boots with me which helped me finish the hike dry.
- Danny A.
Posted by World Wide Walkers at 12:57 PM
January 13, 2016
One year ago, on January 13th, 2015, in the Ukraine... Russian terrorists were shot at a checkpoint called 'Bugas.' It was a terrible tragedy. Thirteen civilians were killed and more than 20 people were seriously injured.
In this photo, you can see a fragment of a rocket system 'Grad' stuck in the toe of my Lowa Mountain Boots. I am a member of the Volunteer Battalion 'Kiev2' defending the bus, in which people died.
This shoe is stored as a memory still !!!! Thank you for your boots, they saved my leg !!!
Posted by World Wide Walkers at 12:52 PM
January 10, 2016
I bought these boots almost 1 year ago. Since then, they have been with me on many a backcountry hike in all seasons here in San Diego county, been on motorcycle rides in mud and sand, and they carried through the backcountry of Montana on a 10 day elk hunting trip with miles of rocky, muddy and wet terrain.
Even wore them walking back down the mountain in a Montana snowstorm where I bushwacked with deep snow back to camp. In all instances, these boots performed absolutely flawlessly.
After breaking them in, the comfort has been amazing, my feet almost never hurt besides muscle soreness from some rough country. They always stayed dry in snow, ice, mud and rain, even some creek crossings gone awry. I am so impressed with these boots.
I would recommend them to anyone who wants a high quality boot for all around backcountry adventuring. Thanks Lowa for a great product!
- Joe M.
Posted by World Wide Walkers at 12:47 PM
January 9, 2016
January 7, 2016
Sometime near enough to a year ago I had to begrudgingly buy a new pair of boots when my near new boots just didn't work out (I've never seen feet more disgusting than mine at the time). Needless to say, I was wild at having to go back to the shop I'd bought my last pair of boots from, ready to have a good spastic at some poor shop worker, when they handed me a pair of LOWA boots to chuck on....
From the second I slipped them onto my poor wounded feet I never wanted to take them off again! I spent the following six months guiding through Routeburn, Greenstone, and Milford tracks - Rain, wind, sun, snow, hail, river crossings, rock hoppings, you name it - boots on every day. Winter rolls in, I score a sweet job up Coronet Peak and prepare to switch to ski boots for 4 months. But with the grace of a baby giraffe learning to walk, I fall and break my right knee (tibial plateau for those concerned) on the 8th day of season.
Hoorah, back into the LOWA's to stumble around on the snow with crutches whilst attempting to ride a skidoo or something. End of winter - I'm totally heartbroken as the right toe of my boot splits open. There are some serious tears. But we've got a trip to Stewart Island planned, so I give that a go. LOWAs pull through, then come up Bold Peak on a hiking and ski touring trip. Still pulling through. We climb a few more peaks and walk a few more miles together - Mt Larkins, Mace Town, Wye Creek, some hill-mountain I don't know the name of, and just yesterday we return from their last trip before I lay them to rest - an epic bivvy out overnight on Turret Heads of Glenorchy, right under Mt Earnslaw.
We spend our last night star gazing, then climb up and over a ridge, hit the snow, scree slopes, hectic native scrub and beach forest bluffs.
It's an emotional 13 hours of scrambling, crawling and climbing - trusting these totally busted up LOWA boots with my life. I'm pretty stoked to say, these LOWA boots have been an extension of my foot for the past year and a bit.
They've done me proud and been one of my most treasured belongings. I will struggle to let them go. Cheers LOWA!
- Tintin K.
Posted by World Wide Walkers at 12:41 PM
January 6, 2016
It's quite special when someone tells me that my White Mountain hiking journeys have inspired them to make a change in their life.
The first time I ever tried to climb a mountain, I lasted 15 minutes before having a panic attack and turning around because I couldn't breathe.
I was 32 lbs heavier, unhealthy as all hell and drank way too much. Back in September, after having been sober for 8 months and a few lbs lighter, I climbed my first 4,000 ft mountain in NH and I was immediately hooked.
21 mountains later, I'm planning my next winter hike for this weekend! Just make a couple small changes over time and they'll quickly add up into a rewarding gift. I've still a long way to go, but the journey is what life is all about. Mountains are my therapy and in a way, saved my life.
- Suzy K.
Posted by World Wide Walkers at 12:24 PM
January 5, 2016
I've been all up and down the US west coast with my wife in her Renegades and me in my Camino GTX® boots.
Love em! Olympic National Forest, San Juan Islands, Big Sur, Yosemite, Bishop, Big Bear, Idyllwild, Joshua Tree, Anza Borrego...and many local hikes in my hometown of San Diego, CA.
Photos are of me in Joshua Tree and my wife in Yosemite.
- Andrew H.
Posted by World Wide Walkers at 12:17 PM
January 4, 2016
January 3, 2016
Later, at the university, I started to long for further places, longer hikes, tougher treks, higher peaks. The destinations and character of my travels changed and I had to acquire new equipment adequate for backpacking.
Luckily, the one thing I didn’t have to care about was the boots.
My first real travelling experience happened in 2013 when I spent a month in Kyrgyzstan, central Asia. Besides the popular hikes in Ala Archa National Park and famous lake Alakol trek from Jeti-Oguz to Altyn Arashan I also crossed three 3,800 m passes during the trek from Sary-Chelek biosphere reserve to the city of Talas. It was an unusually rainy June, heavy rains and thunderstorms followed me wherever I went and the never-ending walking in wet grass and mud was a proper challenge for the Gore-tex on my Lowas.
Later that year I travelled to Nepal where it took me another month to complete Manaslu and Annapurna circuit treks. I set on the trek at the altitude of around 500 m, ascended to the Larkya La pass at 5100 m, got down to 1860 m and ascended again to the 5416 m Thorong La pass. It was the most demanding trekking experience in my life for sure and I cannot imagine going through all that wearing something else than a high-quality boots.
In 2014 I took my Lowas to the other side of the world – Guatemala and southern Mexico. I stood on the top of the highest peak of Central America – Tajamulco volcano, 4220 m, and watched the eruptions of volcanos Fuego and Pacaya from the top of volcano Acatenango at 3976 m. Although I had to carry my Lowa boots in the backpack for a good part of a three-week journey because of the extreme heat, I was glad to have them when it came to ascending the volcanoes, while the rest of the group did not have the best time in their sneakers.
These all were just the major trips I have done in my Lowas. For all the six years I have used them all year long for most of my outdoor activities and also as my winter shoes.
It was not until summer 2015 when I returned from a trip to the Lofoten Islands, Norway that I decided it is time for them to retire. Not that the treks behind the Arctic Circle were too much for my beloved Lowas. I just feel my feet might deserve a new pair of boots for the next adventure.
Thanks, Lowa, for the most comfortable and reliable boots ever!
- Mirka P.
Posted by World Wide Walkers at 12:13 PM
January 2, 2016
I have worn the same pair of Lowa hiking boots for fifteen years. They are the only hiking shoes I have found that fit perfectly, accommodating my size 10.5 foot and bunion. I end hikes with feet feeling great.
I have worn my boots hiking in the Olympic Mountains, the Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier, and pieces of the Pacific Crest Trail in Washington State. This photo was of a beautiful hike on Mt. Rainier. Here I am with my daughter and son at a river crossing.
- Teresa J.
Posted by World Wide Walkers at 12:03 PM