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Stamford, Connecticut – December 1, 2014 — The stage is set for the 18th annual Bozeman Ice Festival, presented by Black Diamond Equipment, December 10-14. LOWA, known worldwide for their comprehensive collection of climbing and mountaineering boots, will be visible front and center at the World Cup Speed Climbing Championship that is an integral part of the Festival competition. Those climbers that make it to the podium will split a $3000 purse contributed by LOWA. Men and women winners will each take home $750 for first place, $500 for second and $250 for third.
The Speed Climbing Finals will be held Friday, December 12 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm on the Emerson Lawn. Winners will be crowned at the award ceremony immediately following the event.
In addition, Festival participants are invited to the LOWA tent to check out and demo their world-class German-made boots including the Weisshorn GTX®, Ice Comp IP GTX®, Mountain Expert GTX® and Latok XT. Looking ahead to warmer weather, visitors to the tent will also be able to check out LOWA’s line-up of rock climbing shoes including the new women’s Sparrow. The boot tent team will be led by LOWA representatives, Gordon Lehmann and Christian McConnell. LOWA ambassador, Carlos Buhler, will be a special guest and on hand to answer questions, teach classes and lead climbs.
Carlos knows a thing or two about climbing. With major ascents on five continents, including the first (and only) ascent of Mt. Everest via the east Kangshung Face from Tibet, Carlos is considered one of the most accomplished mountain climbers in the world. His specialty is high-standard mountaineering characterized by small teams, no oxygen, minimal gear and equipment on ascents of difficult routes in challenging conditions. There is no doubt that he will be able to give Ice Climbing Festival climbers valuable information on LOWA boots and tips on climbing in general.
The Bozeman Ice Climbing Festival was founded in 1996 and is dedicated to promoting and protecting the world-class ice climbing of Hyalite Canyon. The event is a huge draw for athletes and participants looking for a myriad of clinics, demos, gear and evening entertainment. Proceeds from the Festival go directly to the Friends of Hyalite, a 501(c)3 organization that supports winter access into Hyalite Canyon for ice climbing.
For more information, call the U.S. LOWA office at 888-335-LOWA.
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 hunting and professional task force use.