Visitors to the American Mountaineering Museum in Golden, Colorado can now get a first-hand look at the original LOWA boots that famed climber Jim Whittaker wore as he summited Mount Everest in 1963. LOWA has become a museum sponsor ensuring that the boots remain on permanent display.
Although the mountaineering boots were worn by Jim in the 1960's, they were state-of-the-art at the time and have the same DNA that can be found in LOWA boots today. The BMW-quality leather, comfortable and warm inner boots, Vibram soles and the way the boot enveloped his foot for comfort, support, fit and warmth are features that represent the LOWA boots of today. The brand represented performance products when Jim wore them in 1963 and they still do today, as climbers across the world attempt to follow in his footsteps.
Jim has numerous achievements on his resume. In 1963, he was the first North American to summit Mount Everest. As CEO of Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), he led the company through years of record-setting growth. He organized and led the first successful expedition to summit K2 - the world's second highest mountain. In 1965, he guided Bobby Kennedy up the newly-named Mount Kennedy, helping him become the first person to summit the peak. In 1990, he led the historic International Peace Climb that put climbers from the U.S., Russia, and China on the summit of Everest in the name of world peace.
LOWA Boots LLC, with headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut, is a partnership with LOWA Sportschuhe Gmbh founded in 1923 and based in Jetzendorf, Germany. The U.S. company, launched in 1996, sells, markets, and distributes a complete line of four season outdoor footwear for walking, hiking, backpacking, and mountaineering as well as everyday use. In addition, LOWA offers collections of specialized footwear for field sports and professional task force use.