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Big City Mountaineers, mentors of under-resourced urban teens, walked away with a donation of $875 last week at the summer Outdoor Retailer Show, compliments of LOWA Boots and author, expedition leader and adventure speaker, Jim Davidson. LOWA teamed up with Jim to celebrate the launch of his new book, The Ledge: An Adventure Story of Friendship and Survival on Mount Rainier, using it to raise the much-needed funds. Autographed copies of the book and LOWA t-shirt sales both contributed to the total. All proceeds were donated to the fund.
â€œJim phoned one day to introduce himself,â€ commented Peter Sachs, LOWA’s general manager. â€œTen minutes later, I was spellbound after he told me that his LOWA Civetta Extreme’s had literally saved his life, keeping his toes warm enough to be able to climb out of an 80 foot crevasse. LOWA was honored to help spread Jim’s story as a way to help inspire others while raising money for Big City Mountaineers mentoring program.â€
Jim’s new book will not fail to inspire. On June 21,1992, Jim and Mike Price, two friends and experienced climbing partners, summited Mount Rainier by the difficult Liberty Ridge route. As they descended the Emmons Glacier, a snowbridge collapsed beneath Jim’s feet without warning and dropped him into a hidden crevasse. As Jim plummeted, Mike tried to stop him but could not. The two friends dropped 80 feet into the glacier and were buried by falling snow. Mike did not survive. Trapped in the crevasse, Jim was alone. Devastated at the loss of his friend and surrounded by ice and fear, he knew he had to climb out or die. He lived and went on to use the experience to inspire others, in Mike’s honor, to conquer what might seem like the impossible. At the Summer OR book signing, his goal is was to help raise funds for urban teenagers, many who are at risk of never realizing successful, productive futures.
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.
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