An interview with Annie Dube

What outdoor activity is your passion?
I love to run far and climb high. I often start my day by lacing up my shoes and hitting the trails well before the sun comes up. I find the stillness before dawn to be so peaceful and I’m a sucker for a beautiful sunrise. When I’m not out for a run, you can usually find me at a local climbing crag, or hiking up a mountain.

How did you get involved in that activity, and how old were you when you started?
I’ve always been an adventurist. I grew up in Michigan where the closest thing to mountains were the snow-covered landfills where I learned to ski at the age of three. I was always outside as a kid, exploring the woods behind our house and climbing the highest trees I could find. I remember the first wilderness backpacking trip I took during summer camp and thinking it was the coolest thing to be sleeping under the stars surrounded by my best friends...I was hooked.

What was the most epic trip you’ve ever taken?
In 2017, I packed up and left on a solo adventure to South America. The four months trip eventually turned into a nine month trip as I would often find myself in a place so overwhelmingly beautiful that I would linger around for weeks. One of those places was the Cordillera Blanca in the northern Andes of Peru. During my time in this spectacular mountain range and surrounding valley, I spent long days trekking up and down high mountain passes and camping alongside alpine lakes and rushing rivers. I was greeted by welcoming villagers, witnessed magical sunsets while camping on glaciers, and felt euphoric upon reaching the summits of 6000m peaks. I’m already itching to get back there.

What is the most important piece of gear in your pack? (other than AKU footwear, of course!)
Duct tape!

Where do you hope your AKUs will take you in the future?
I’m currently road tripping across the west coast and am loving my new boots! Up next I’ll be taking them up the Grand Tetons in Wyoming.

What AKU boots are you currently wearing?
I’m currently wearing the Alterra GTX and they are very comfortable and reliable. They’ve withstood snowfields, river crossings, and they are shockingly grippy on steep rock.