I have mentioned many times that I don’t hike without using trekking poles. My poles of choice are LEKI. You can find them at most outfitters – they are the world’s leading maker of ski, trekking and Nordic walking poles. The name Leki is a contraction of Lenhart and Kircheim, the German city.
Karl Lenhart founded the company in 1948. Son Klaus took over the company in 1984 and continued the tradition of innovation. For example, Leki introduced the first adjustable trekking poles. They hold more patents in the pole field than any other company. Klaus Lenhart, the CEO of LEKI, Gmbh, died today in the German Black Forest. He was a passenger in his own airplane. It was piloted by a 24-year old friend. The had problems with its single engine after take-off and was attempting to return. The plane burst into flames killing Lenhart.
The co-pilot was taken to a local hospital with unknown injuries. Lenhart regularly flew his red stunt plane and was the German national aerobatics champion. The plane that crashed was an Extra 300SC aerobatic qualified aircraft. Lenhart was an avid pilot and used his skill to design industry leading poles for the company
To watch Klaus in action, fasten your seatbelt and click <HERE>.
Heads up: Bike to Work Day is Thursday, May 10th. Get that Schwinn out of the garage and burn some calories.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, was blind, but now, I see.” – R.I.P. Klaus
*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com