LOWA PRO Team Stefan Glowacz
With LOWA on the way to extreme experiences
Stefan Glowacz is an extreme mountaineer by profession and can look back on an unbelievable sports-climbing career spanning from 1985 to 1993. Born and raised in Bavaria, the professional mountain climber discovered his passion for climbing at the age of 13. During his competitive career, Stefan won first place at the Rock Master (the unofficial sport climbing world championship) three times – in 1987, 1988 and 1992 – and finished second in 1993.
Since ending his competitive career, he’s developed a fascination for natural rock. In recent years, he has increasingly headed off on expeditions that have taken him to some of the most remote and difficult walls in the world. After two failed attempts, he and his climbing partner, Robert Jasper, finally conquered the north face of Cerro Murallòn in Patagonia in autumn 2005. He completed his longest expedition to date in October 2018: three months from coast to coast across Greenland.
Stefan has written and produced a wide range of books and coffee-table photo collections. He has also appeared in two movies and reports about his fascinating experiences in the vertical world during presentations to groups. Many managers have profited from the experiences he’s gained at the extreme limits of life.
Facts & figures
- Home base:
- Berg am Starnberger See
- Favourite climbing site:
- Verdon Gorge
- Local mountain:
- Wetterstein Mountains
- 1,80 m
- 68 kg
What attracted you to mountaineering and what made you really decide to pursue it?
“My parents took me along on a trip to the mountains at a time when I could barely walk. I discovered my passion for the mountains through them.”
How has the sport changed your life?
“I started climbing when I was 13. My first climbing course was something like a revelation to me. I found of all my desires hidden in climbing – ambition, goals, freedom and adventure. My enthusiasm quickly developed into a philosophy of life.”
How much more do you enjoy life than other people possibly do?
“I don’t compare my lifestyle to others. That’s not what it is about. Every individual strives for happiness. This striving cannot be compared and is completely individual.”
My shoes for…
High-altitude tours: ALPINE SL GTX
“For the first time I am wearing proper mountaineering boots, which feel as light as gym shoes. I see the ALPINE SL GTX as a revolution in the mountaineering boot segment.”
Sport and rock climbing: CADIN GTX LO
“The Cadin GTX LO was actually designed as an approach shoe. But it is so precise and sensitive that I don’t need to switch to a climbing shoe even for moderately difficult climbs.”