LOWA PRO Team Ralf Dujmovits
Moving forward with LOWA
Ralf Dujmovits lives in the Black Forest region of southwestern Germany and can be found sport climbing, trekking through the Alps or enjoying expedition mountain climbs whenever time permits. This multifaceted athlete began to feel his passion for climbing and mountaineering at the ripe old age of 7. Initially with his father at his side, Ralf set off on a world tour during a gap year between secondary school and medical school. The trained mountain guide later conquered the highest mountains on all seven continents with clients.
The general public got to know Ralf in 1999 during a 33-hour live TV broadcast of his ascent of the north face of the Eiger. He is one of the world’s most experienced high-altitude mountaineers and mountain guides. Ralf is the first German to have stood on the summit of all 14 eight-thousanders in the world.
In addition to athletic challenges, he carefully plans each of his expeditions, soaking up as much information as possible about the mountain he’s about to take on and the surrounding region. “As it always has done, mountaineering allows me to satisfy my curiosity during adventuresome treks, to get to know different people and cultural groups and to test my own limits.”
Facts & figures
- Home base:
- Officially certified mountain and ski guide
- Favourite climbing site:
- Leonidio, Greece
- Local mountain:
- Battert north of Baden-Baden, Germany
- 1,75 m
- 73 kg
How has the sport changed your life?
“Sports have been a natural and increasingly important part of my daily life since childhood. Mountaineering and training became my top priority once I started mountain guide training and decided to become a professional. My everyday life is still shaped by climbing, mountaineering and athletic activities.”
Do you have any tips for people who would like to give mountaineering a try?
“Slowly grow into mountaineering! Mountaineering is not like playing golf. It has a completely different type of risk potential. Avoiding accidents during those first intoxicating years requires a lot of time to gain experience. Your guardian angel needs a little wiggle room as well.”
What do you always take along with you on your expeditions? What could you never do without?
“I always take one or more books, now e-books, along with me on a expedition. They add some variety to life in the base camp when bad weather sets in and frequently help to start some interesting conversations.”
My shoes for…
Expeditions: EXPEDITION 8000 EVO RD
“In my view it’s the warmest in the eight-thousander footwear league. A specialist that has been optimised over the course of many years for tackling eight-thousanders, the Mount McKinley or for Antarctic expeditions.”
Via ferrata: ALPINE PRO GTX
“I feel really comfortable in this shoe. I really like the many features inside, especially that my toes are very close to the rock. Simply an ideal shoe for alpine terrain.”
City tours: FERROX PRO GTX LO
“My absolute favourite for day-to-day use, for tackling gentle ascents or when travelling!”
Ice and mixed climbing: ALPINE ICE GTX
“Exactly the right shoe for activities in the Western Alps or for ice climbing: supremely insulated yet light, a superb fit and heel fit for mixed climbing or on front spikes in sheer ice.”