An interview with Cody Sowa


What outdoor activity is your passion?
I consider photography my main outdoor passion. My camera is a great excuse for me to go and explore the outdoors here in Colorado and all over the rest of the U.S. Photography is a great added excuse/motivation to get off the couch on less than ideal weather days as well as early mornings and late nights.


How did you get involved in that activity, and how old were you when you started?
I grew up in the foothills of Colorado with pretty easy access to the outdoors. As a kid, I didn’t hike or camp too often so I’m a little bit of a late bloomer in that regard. So, I’ve been trying to make up for lost time since I was 19.


What was the most epic trip you’ve ever taken?
The most amazing trip I’ve taken is when I volunteered to travel to Tanzania with NFL 2x Super Bowl Champion, Chris Long. We visited the clean water well sites that he has been fundraising for and also hiked/climbed Africa’s highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro.


What is the most important piece of gear in your pack? (other than AKU footwear, of course!)
I’d like to say my camera, but that’s more of a favorite rather than the most important. So, I’d have to say my Garmin watch is the most crucial piece of equipment I hike with. It has GPS and a “way back” mode to show me how to get back to my car. Literally a life saver!


Where do you hope your AKUs will take you in the future?
I hope they take me back to Havasu Falls in Arizona. I went there for the first time this year and didn’t pack my AKUs. It’s a 10-12 mile hike to the campsites and I had some terrible blisters by the time I got to camp. So, my exploring over the next few days was pretty limited and I desperately want to go back. I’ll be sure to pack my AKUs this time!


What AKU boots are you currently wearing?
Currently I’m wearing the SUPERALP GTX. They’ve been great on some cold and wet hikes but as summer approaches, I’m looking forward to breaking in my new TENGU LITE GTX’s that should be arriving any day now! I’ll be taking them on a trip to Virginia to help me explore my first National Park east of Colorado! The first dirt they’ll touch will be in Shenandoah National Park.