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Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Mar 12, 2007 - 11:12am PT
The legend lives on...

George is airborne now, flying back over the mountains to home. Instead of rising at his usual 5:30 he slept in this morning.

Well deserved rest.

Yesterday he popped out to Zion to do a little climbing. We walked up to the base of the S face of Angel's Landing starting at noon and in a few hours I was at grips with the crux, a 30m pitch that Charlie and Chris and I had worked on last year.
The trouble was, although I took great care to put long slings on the pro, the rope drag on this horribly sinuous lead was murderous, past the hardest move I still ended up lowering off.

We pulled the rope and George gave it a go.

He began cleaning slings off some of the pro and using them to double the length of the slings on the pro he kept.
By risking some major rippers he cut down the drag and pulled it off, but at the final piece of pro he was slingless.
He constructed a "draw" out of a wired nut and two biners and, Bob's your uncle, he finished the pitch.

By the time we were seven pitches up we had only two hours of light left. I voted for descent but George had flown all the way out to free the Landing and, darn it, thats what he wanted.

How could I say no?

With five pitches left we got to work.

And pulled onto the summit with it getting dark enough to obscure the grafitti.
Our shoes were below but we weren't going to rap in the dark. Instead we did the four klicks back to the car in rock shoes.

The south side of Angels Landing is twice as wide as the concave north wall, but has less than half the number of routes. The topography is very complex and the "climate" far more bipolar than the N side.

The FFA by any route was made on the afternoon of 3/11/07.

Jeff was right.
If you want to get up something, go with George.

Social climber
kennewick, wa
Mar 12, 2007 - 11:31am PT
Nice one Ron and George!

But you know that this is Supertaco so we expect a photo and a rating anyway.

Glad to hear there are adventures like that still out there for the more adventurous ones...
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Mar 12, 2007 - 11:44am PT
We only took one photo yesterday, me on my failed attempt at the crux.

Its a grade III or IV 5.serious

And I should have said this in my previous post.

Next year I will start my fifth decade of climbing.
Its been a great ride and I don't think I would trade it for anything. A life more ordinary, while likely offering less drama and tragedy, would not have enriched my spirit the way the life of adventure has.
And I have had incredible good fortune in getting to climb with some truly talented individuals. Indeed, I marvel at this great bit of luck.

Yet few indeed even approach the level of partnership one can feel when tied onto a rope with George. My confidence in his judgment, his perception, his intelligence, and his absolutely astounding climbing skill truly set him apart.
Carolyn C

Trad climber
Mar 12, 2007 - 12:34pm PT
Sounds like you had a great day Ron!

Trad climber
Mar 12, 2007 - 01:14pm PT
finally, another climbing tr.

Big Wall climber
Mar 12, 2007 - 03:02pm PT
thanks for clearing that up yo

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Mar 12, 2007 - 06:42pm PT
Great thread, have to bump it above all the choss. Ron, ya gotta figure that camera out...
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Mar 12, 2007 - 08:27pm PT
We just didn't find time for hanging around for photos, but I wish I had taken one of George. To remain low key we dulled down his bright helmet by taping on the camo cover for my battle helmet.

It was like climbing with 'Frodo meets Stormin' Norman'! lol

Desolation Basin, Calif.
Mar 12, 2007 - 09:40pm PT
Well...if this ain't the goddammest thread ever.

Social climber
No Ut
Mar 13, 2007 - 02:17am PT
Georgr Lowe is not very impressive, in my opinion.

Mar 13, 2007 - 11:50am PT
The plan to counteract this kind of cornice fall as they say by falling on opposite side of a fall on a cornice was something I was told about when I first started climbing-- on a traverse from the Aig du Midi towards Aig du Plan.
Another piece of alpine experience was passed on while following a couple of other brave and independent and unguided climbers going back-- it was pointed out by my high mountain guide that they were too high up the cornice and how that situation could develop. I mention it because it's by bits and pieces in situations like this one being discussed that complement what you learn in doing it yourself. The experience of climbers who have the benefit of being around for a while as I read in this thread is invaluable, (it does help to know about what they did in a bit of bio info because it's not always common knowledge, so thanks!).


Trad climber
Mar 14, 2007 - 12:32am PT
Nice thread. Thanks all,

Trad climber
Sep 9, 2008 - 03:19pm PT
why is this thread back, you ask?

Only because I believe it includes the greatest post in the history of the SuperTacto....

All hail yo.

And all stop the mindless partisan bickering over Governor Palin's per diem claims, and everything else. Let's have some mindful partisan bickering over health care policy, foreign policy and energy policy.

Enjoy your lunches before I come eat 'em.

Sep 9, 2008 - 07:05pm PT
"All hail yo."
Amen, brother.


right here, right now
Sep 9, 2008 - 09:36pm PT
No foolin'!!!
yo nailed it with that cut up.
I pasted the link into the supertopo hall of fame thread.

Sep 9, 2008 - 10:46pm PT

Sep 9, 2008 - 11:06pm PT
my favorite Lowe lines:

Kennedy-Lowe, Mt Hunter, Alaska
Infinite Spur, Mt Foraker, Alaska
Free Korea Peak
Jones-Lowe, North Twin

and our humble Sun Ribbon Arete, in winter.

I've been on exactly one of these, and have spotted two others.

I've masturbated to the rest.

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Sep 10, 2008 - 12:26am PT
George and Bridwell are both 64.

Not there
Sep 10, 2008 - 01:23am PT

Feb 25, 2009 - 09:34pm PT
Bump for Lowe genealogy by Yo. One of the best of all time.

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