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LOWA PRO Team Alix von Melle

Seven of 14

At first glance, you may not take Alix von Melle for a high-altitude or extreme moun­taineer. With her petite frame and delicate facial features, the college-educated geographer from northern Germany doesn’t bear any resemblance to the classic idea of an extreme athlete. But looks can indeed be deceiving: The Hamburg native is Germany’s most successful female mountain climber.

Alix is a passionate moun­taineer as well as an enthu­siastic climber, mountain biker and ski tourer. The desire to conquer the world’s highest-mountains came to her relatively late in life. As a child, Alix did indeed frequently head south on skiing trips in the Alps and have an oppor­tunity to enjoy a type of winter not exper­ienced very frequently in her northern German homeland. But she didn’t really develop an interest in climbing and ski tours until she began to study geography in Munich. With the Alps just outside the front door now, Alix learned to climb mountains and got intensively involved in the sport. Even­tually, the native of Germany’s flat north turned herself into an all-round mountain climber.

Alix has already climbed seven of the 14 eight-thou­sanders, six of them together with her husband Luis Stitzinger (also a member of the LOWA PRO team). And this was done without using bottled oxygen. When the athlete is not climbing high mountains, she works as an inde­pendent press officer. She lives with her husband in Füssen, a southern German city in Ostallgäu.

Facts & figures

Birthday:
01.09.1971
Birthplace:
Hamburg
Home base:
Füssen
Profession:
PR speaker, yoga teacher
Favourite climbing site:
Les Hautes Alpes
Local mountain:
Tegelberg in the winter/Säuling in the summer
Size:
1,74 m
Weight:
62 kg

Alix von Melle,
Who did you look up to when you started your sport? Who motivated you?

“I am coming from the north of Germany, close to the sea coast, and all my friends and family are into water­sports. I had to motivate myself, I really wanted to start climbing. But this was my greatest motivation because I wanted to try it out for myself – not because others wanted me to.”

Do you remember a special moment where you broke your personal boundaries?

“I found my personal boundaries climbing the Aconcagua South Face, a nearly 3000-meter-high vertical wall in the Andes in the year 2000 – and broke them!”

How Do you want to inspire people who are not active in your sport yet?

“It is amazing how much you can recover from a busy day outside, in nature. Climbing in a beautiful setting then gives me back my energy and strength.

However, I find it most important, that you start doing whatever you do because YOU want to do it, not because others want to make you do it.”

My shoes for…

EXPEDITION 8000 EVO RD

Exped­itions: EXPEDITION 8000 EVO RD

“When you’re on an expedition, the correct footwear is a matter of life or death to protect you from hypo­thermia and frostbite. The EVO just has everything that you need. It’s durable and has great work­manship, but without any unne­cessary bells and whistles.”

Feel right at home in the Himalayas – with the moun­tain­eering expedition boots developed by LOWA and extreme moun­taineer, Ralf Dujmovits. He knows what it takes to face the Arctic temper­atures and Alpine chal­lenges that arise at an elevation of more than 8,000 metres: He is the first German moun­taineer to scale all 14 eight-thou­sanders. The result of this part­nership is a boot designed to take on the most demanding exped­itions. The removable inner boot is insulated with 400 grams of comfortable Prim­aloft®. More …
MAURIA GTX Ws

Multi-day hikes: MAURIA GTX Ws

“I take him with me on every expedition, because he brings me safely to the base camp and back. He has been with me for many kilo­meters and will be with me for many more kilo­meters.”

Heading up the mountain – comfortably! The MAURIA GTX Ws provides such pleasure even when faced with demanding tours. Made of the very best nubuck leather and designed espe­cially for women, this moun­tain­eering boot can certainly take on a thing or two. The best part about it: The specially padded edging provides the highest level of comfort and has been perfectly designed with women’s anatomy in mind. LOWA has also integrated a GORE-TEX inner-lining that lets the wind and weather to do as they please. More …
MADDOX GTX LO Ws

Strolls: MADDOX GTX LO Ws

“My abso­lutely favourite shoe for everyday use: Whether an approach at a climbing facility, city trips, a visit to the beer garden or an outdoor holiday – this is a light­weight shoe with a perfect fit that can be laced quickly!”

With the airily light and waterproof MADDOX GTX LO Ws multi­func­tional footwear, female adven­turers will feel good on any terrain – no matter whether during outdoor holidays or leisure time. Thanks to the practical Speed-Lace tech­nology, the sports shoe can be indi­vidually adjusted quickly and easily, whilst the GORE-TEX membrane keeps feet dry at all times. More …
SPARROW Ws

Sport and rock climbing: SPARROW Ws

“A precise yet comfortable climbing shoe that is my trusty companion on long alpine climbs all over the world.”

Climbing is a fascinating sport that is attracting more and more female athletes. LOWA’s SPARROW Ws is a climbing shoe developed espe­cially for women, a shoe that meets the anatomic requirements of women’s feet. You can easily adjust this performance shoe to your needs using its three Velcro straps that run in opposing directions. It is also a true light­weight, at about 270 grams per shoe. This feature makes a positive impression with every step, just like the shoe’s pleasant inner lining. More …

Exped­itions & tours