I had the unique opportunity to travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to hike the Mount Nyiragongo Volcano in Goma.
The two day, round-trip hike wasn't easy, with 1500m of elevation gain the first day, and the same amount of descent the next morning.
Exhausted as we were, the hike was spectacular, passing an extinct volcano on the ascent and spending the evening with United Nations scientists, watching a new cone erupt all night long, sending lava spewing down to the lava lake.
What has stayed with me the most however, is the Congolese people. Years of civil war and conflict have caused serious harm to the people and wildlife of the Congo, but the people we met were optimistic and happy.
I took this picture when I made a trip to the Baduy tribe - one of indigenous tribes in Indonesia.
In Banten Province, Indonesia, there is a vibrant community, living a very simple life depending mainly on rice cultivation.
Baduy is a very closed society, without the influence of foreign cultures, known as Baduy Society or the Baduy's people.
Ethnically the Baduy belong to the Sundanese ethnic group. Their racial, physical and linguistic traits bear much resemblance to the rest of the Sundanese people; however, the difference is in their way of life.
Baduy people resist foreign influences and vigorously preserve their ancient way of life, while modern Sundanese are more open to foreign influences.
The Baduy are divided into two sub-groups; the Baduy Dalam (Inner Baduy), and the Baduy Luar (Outer Baduy).
No foreigners were allowed to meet the Inner Baduy, though the Outer Baduy do foster some limited contacts with the outside world.
This is my visit with the Baduy tribe in my Lowa…
Last Christmas I took our family to our local mountains for a long weekend. We set out on a mission to build a snowman.
We were traversing a side hill to get to the perfect spot to build the man. A simple walk actually, but my wife was having a hard time walking. It was like she was drunk or something. she kept slipping and falling, becoming more and more wet. We were laughing so hard, when my daughter noticed her boots were coming apart.
Anyway we accomplished our mission. One of the best days ever.
- Kim B.
* Note from LOWA - sorry to hear that her boots were giving her trouble. Older boots, if not worn regularly, can sometimes experience sole separation. It's a lot like a bicycle that is stored in the garage for many years ~ unused, you quite often deal with tires going flat. If they are relatively new boots, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org. PS: Beautiful photo!
One of the things my wife and I enjoy the most is walking.
We walk to be as long as we can in the present and always hoping to arrive to a great future.
While planning our wedding we knew we would include as much hiking as we could so we decided to start the adventure climbing Kilimanjaro and then do a safari in Tanzania and Kenya.
Restrictions for amount of luggage were very strict with the african airlines so we decided we wanted to travel with only one pair of boots, so these had to be very good for the mountain where we would face snow, rain, and extreme heat, and very comfortable for the rest of the trip.
After a lot of research and trying many brands we both chose the Lowa Renegades and after 4 weeks of travel I can say we had happy and healthy feet, no matter what environment we were at.
It always felt like a reward walking in these boots.
My 90th anniversary edition green Lowa Renegades have trekked over 870 miles in the past 2.5 years.
They have been to nine countries including the USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Canada, France, Switzerland, Italy, Sicily, and Malta. Everywhere they went, people would ask "where did you find those green boots? What brand are they?
I would tell them that these boots are the absolute best... feels like you are wearing your slippers!!
Just wished I could have found another pair of green Renegades, but no success. So I had to settle for the grey with green trim for my next hiking adventures to Machu Picchu and Africa.
Hello! I am a 16-year-old Lowa fan from Southcentral Alaska.
I took these fantastic Lowa boots on my 30 mile backpacking Black Bear hunt this week and they were spectacular. I'm currently breaking them in for a Dall Sheep hunt this coming August.
During this hunt, I had to fend off a charging/aggressive mama Black Bear in the middle of the night. It was an intense 30 minute standoff, which eventually resulted in my slow retreat back to my campsite.