A climbing legend, Jeff Lowe made more than 1000 first ascents all around the world.
An American alpinist from Utah, Jeff was the co-founder of outdoor equipment company, Lowe Alpine. He brought modern ice climbing from Europe to the United States and was a huge proponent of the alpine style. In 2017, he won the Piolets D’or Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1991, he famously climbed Metanoia, the hardest route on the Eiger. Suffering from a rare Muscle Neuron Degeneration (MND) similar to ALS, it had left him in a wheelchair, breathing bottled oxygen, coughing through a tracheotomy and eating liquid food through a tube. He required 24/7 nursing supervision. "Place your confidence in your dreams, not in your nightmares." His daughter Sonja Jane posted on his behalf on Facebook: "My father, Jeff Lowe, to put it in his words, “moved on from this material plane to the next” this evening in a peaceful transition.
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After legendary American alpinist Jeff Lowe’s epic first ascent of Metanoia 26 years ago, three climbers—Thomas Huber, Roger Schaeli and Stephan Siegrist—sent the route on their third attempt on Dec 30, 2016. .