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donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 13, 2013 - 06:49pm PT
They love their heroes in Ouray
They love their heroes in Ouray
Credit: donini
Jeff and Connie made it to the Ouray Ice Festival just in time for the presentation of the first annual "Jeff Lowe Award."
I had the honor of presenting the award
I had the honor of presenting the award
Credit: donini
Jeff was on the stage for the presentation.
Bill Whitt a most deserving recipient
Bill Whitt a most deserving recipient
Credit: donini
The award is given for outstanding service to the Ouray Ice Park and Festival. Bill and Jeff go back twenty years. Bill was instrumental in the development of both the Park and the Festival.
A night for icons......with Mike Macleod director of the Ouray Ice Par...
A night for icons......with Mike Macleod director of the Ouray Ice Park
Credit: donini
The Bird was there to celebrate.
Michael and Hayden Kennedy, myself and Jeff...from BITD to NOW
Michael and Hayden Kennedy, myself and Jeff...from BITD to NOW
Credit: donini
A great evening culminated with Hayden Kennedy's phenomenal slide lecture
Steve House and Jack Tackle, icons themselves, visit with Jeff
Steve House and Jack Tackle, icons themselves, visit with Jeff
Credit: donini
Mark Wilford and Jeff
Mark Wilford and Jeff
Credit: donini
Mark and Jeff tied in together many times.

A retrospective of Jeff's unparalleled career.
Dig the tights
Dig the tights
Credit: donini
Different day, different tghts
Different day, different tghts
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With Michael Kennedy and cousin George in 1977
With Michael Kennedy and cousin George in 1977
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First ascenting in Alaska
Damn good skier too
Damn good skier too
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No tracks below
No tracks below
Credit: donini
Some images of Jeff on Latok 1
Nice day on Latok 1...the weather will change
Nice day on Latok 1...the weather will change
Credit: donini
Credit: donini
Credit: donini
Credit: donini
Credit: donini

Jeff is the single most important person in bringing ice climbing to where it is today.
Dizzy with the Vision
Dizzy with the Vision
Credit: donini
1998 Ice Fest
1998 Ice Fest
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Jeff at the 1998 Ice Fest awards ceremony
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Not many climbers make it the cover of Sports Illustrated

Many thanks to my wife Angela for documenting the evening!
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Jan 13, 2013 - 06:54pm PT
FANTASTIC, Jim!

TFPU!

oxoxo
hossjulia

Trad climber
Where the Hoback and the mighty Snake River meet
Jan 13, 2013 - 06:55pm PT
Nice Jim, thanks. I always get itchy for ice tools around Ouray time, but have never made it.

Did you take Bridwell? Really neat to see him there too.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Jan 13, 2013 - 06:57pm PT
One of Jeff's biggest epics might have been the drive down.

Thursday I was driving in with sideways snow and 20' visibility just a ways south on the San Rafael.
Over 150 miles in 4WD at 25mph.
Too bad I couldn't hang, but driving back it was 12 below and my wiper fluid spouts froze and anytime another vehicle came close I had to pull over to clean my windshield.

Glad he made it in time.
Kyle's footfangs for the next awards!
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 13, 2013 - 06:58pm PT
Ron Gomez brought Jim to the Ice Fest.

Thanks Ron for caring enough to make the drive in winter conditions.
same to
Toker Villan, the other Ron.
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Jan 13, 2013 - 07:03pm PT
Done bien excelentamente - Jim - thanks.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jan 13, 2013 - 07:06pm PT
hey there say, donini... what a wonderful share!! thanks so much
for getting us all to be part of this, picture-wise!

congratulations to jeff!!! and many cheers!!

and three cheers to ron, for getting jeff there..!
10b4me

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Jan 13, 2013 - 07:12pm PT
Jim, thanks for posting up
wish I could have been there
Walleye

climber
The Hot Kiss on the end of a Wet Fist
Jan 13, 2013 - 07:16pm PT
We love our alpine icons here on Super Topo, also! Thanks for posting this up!
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Jan 13, 2013 - 09:08pm PT
This thread is an instant classic. Don't have to be an ice climber to know what an icon Jeff is. Thanks for posting this up!
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 13, 2013 - 09:09pm PT
Credit: donini
Quintessential Jeff....skis, crampons and rock.
dave

climber
Earth
Jan 13, 2013 - 09:12pm PT
Very N Ice! Respect!
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jan 13, 2013 - 09:13pm PT
well deserved recognition all around
Ouray Ice Fest is an amazing institution and does itself well by such good works
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Jan 13, 2013 - 09:16pm PT
WOW!

Talk about history! Thanks for posting this Jim.
MH2

climber
Jan 13, 2013 - 09:22pm PT
A vein of gold.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jan 13, 2013 - 09:26pm PT

Awesome--So deserving, that's for sure!
Yay Jello!
gf

climber
Jan 13, 2013 - 09:54pm PT
Thanks Jim for the great post. Best to you and all the good people who showed up and stood up for Jeff!
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Jan 13, 2013 - 10:19pm PT
That looked like a lot of fun for a lot of people ! ! !

How is your movie project doing Jello ?
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Jan 13, 2013 - 10:50pm PT
Fantastic!
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Jan 13, 2013 - 10:51pm PT
It would of been so cool to be in attendance and clapping for the standing ovation.
A well deserved recognition..Congratulations Jeff Lowe and Bill Whitt.

Love the picture of Bill Whitt getting the award from Jello...

and.

Thank you, Mr Donini.
edit..hey, Jello...Miss you around these parts...
sending you much Love.

nita.
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