I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote
- Herman Melville
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.