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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
Credit: donini
With Michael Kennedy and cousin George in 1977
With Michael Kennedy and cousin George in 1977
Credit: donini
First ascenting in Alaska
Damn good skier too
Damn good skier too
Credit: donini
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
Credit: donini
Jeff at the 1998 Ice Fest awards ceremony
Credit: donini
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.
scooter

climber
fist clamp
Jan 13, 2013 - 11:00pm PT
Jeff Lowe changed my life. No joke. When I was a 13 year old kid I read about him in my oldest brothers climbing books and mags. He was literally, the one person I wanted to emulate most. Other kids had Micheal Jordan.
cagey

Trad climber
Vancouver, BC
Jan 13, 2013 - 11:03pm PT
Thanks for posting. Always good to recognize those that have shown us the way.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Jan 13, 2013 - 11:23pm PT
Wow great photos
WBraun

climber
Jan 13, 2013 - 11:24pm PT
MH2 -- "A vein of gold."


That's got to be it.

Well done men .....
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Jan 13, 2013 - 11:29pm PT
RIGHT ON!!! Jeff is one of my all time heros. Great to see and thanks for the pics Jim.

All the best to Jeff.
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Jan 13, 2013 - 11:30pm PT
ice in Ouray this time of year?

really? whodathunk.

I have a three day weekend next week. Was thinking hotsprings and ice climbing. Ouray? really? Jim?

Thanks for posting this up.

A little trivia - it was Jello that gave me the inspiration for the first official SushiFest. I wish I could find that first post.
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=300170&msg=301354#msg301354
the post that started it all.
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
WA, & NC & Idaho
Jan 13, 2013 - 11:36pm PT
Awesome and inspiring for sure!!!
Thanks Jim and Jeff!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jan 13, 2013 - 11:42pm PT
Very cool to see this! Good job JD.. and SALUTE to MR Lowe!
BMcC

Trad climber
Livermore
Jan 14, 2013 - 12:47am PT
Thanks for posting this, Jim. I was amazed in the mid-70's when I first became aware of Jeff and some of what he had already accomplished in climbing, tool development, new routes, writing, and photography, ... and continue to be amazed when I am reminded of what he has accomplished since.

Thank you Jeff for all you have done for climbing and for the inspiration you've given many of us!
TrundleBum

Trad climber
Las Vegas
Jan 14, 2013 - 01:50am PT
Wow !

I don't know what to say, I am just compelled to say something.
To make note. To offer recognition.

Uncle Jimbo:
Thanks for taking the time/effort to put this post together.

I know what your Brotherhood with Jeff means to you.
This thread is at the same time heart saddening...
and a total inspiration.

Our time is short
our dear friends and family...
priceless !
Fletcher

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
Jan 14, 2013 - 02:06am PT
Huzzah! Right on!

Another one worth coming out of hibernation for!

I saw Steve House's tweet of this earlier today and was going to post something, but I'm glad Donini beat me.... done with style and way better!

Go on ya jello! You have the attitude that for life, period, that is immensely inspiring. We should all aspire to that.

Cheers!
Eric
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jan 14, 2013 - 02:30am PT
What a fabulous thread. Thanks Jim, thanks Jeff and also jealous for all who were there for the gathering. Rad !
Michelle

Trad climber
Toshi's Station, picking up power converters.
Jan 14, 2013 - 02:37am PT
Awesome!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 14, 2013 - 03:04am PT
Thank you, Mrs. Donini, for the pix!

Groovy-looking tights and the rack's loaded up w/tris!
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Jan 14, 2013 - 04:02am PT
i stand. i stomp.
i promote strauss on the playlist.

offering: gruondsplashed steaming chamomile from my icy porch.
also, sprached out for general safe keeping of the jello.

no seriously!
steveA

Trad climber
bedford,massachusetts
Jan 14, 2013 - 07:53am PT
That looked like so much fun.

It really must of been a blast to meet up with so many old friends, and

Jim, your lucky to have Angela around to take charge of the tech. stuff!

Wish I had been there!

stich

Trad climber
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Jan 14, 2013 - 08:05am PT
Very nice awards write up and retrospective there, Jim!

Hail Jello!
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Jan 14, 2013 - 09:36am PT
How freekin' cool is this?

Thanks Jim, and hats off to Jeff, again and again and again......
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Jan 14, 2013 - 09:44am PT
Jeff's article about Zion in Ascent is what got me curious about the place.




Did anybody get a photo of the Jeff Lowe Award?

That sculptor made an interesting piece.
Snowmassguy

Trad climber
Calirado
Jan 14, 2013 - 10:20am PT
Well done! Great job facilitating this. Jello is likely why I started ice climbing 20+ years ago. I remember seeing him climb in Vail I think..... when I was a full on Noob. I remember thinking, I want to climb ice like he does. I certainly never reached that level of proficiency but he certainly inspired me to become better.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jan 14, 2013 - 10:25am PT
Wow, kinda speechless, unusual for me. Beautiful, wonderful history, love and support...

Susan
10b4me

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Jan 14, 2013 - 11:09am PT
I was fortunate to meet both Jeff, and Jim(on separate occasions) a few years ago
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 14, 2013 - 11:12am PT
What a splendid occasion and report!

Thanks for sharing the gathering with us.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 14, 2013 - 11:24am PT
I'm with Toker Villain - I still remember the poetry of Jeff's Zion article.
Coincidentally, I met him in front of the same hanger a couple of years after
that picture was taken. OK, maybe not such a coincidence but I still remember
him standing there shuffling his feet and being polite. Maybe he was just
uncomfortable with me on my knees in supplication?
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 14, 2013 - 11:42am PT
The Jeff Lowe Service Award

Credit: donini
Credit: donini

What could be more fitting than a Foot Fang?
Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Jan 14, 2013 - 11:56am PT
Nice work Jim.
Jeff giving an inspiring slide show in Vancouver in 76/77 that helped shape our ideas of what it meant to be a REAL CLIMBER.
Respect.
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jan 14, 2013 - 11:58am PT
If I had only known I could have sent you guys my Jello Wind Chime!

old galibier helmet festooned with misc Lowe Alpine hardware.  Brillia...
old galibier helmet festooned with misc Lowe Alpine hardware. Brilliant tones when the wind is right!
Credit: Bruce Kay

Congrats to Jeff and best wishes on his continued projects! By the way, despite what whoever was following said I used to love your Snargs! I swear sometimes they would even sing going in!
TwistedCrank

climber
Dingleberry Gulch, Ideeho
Jan 14, 2013 - 02:14pm PT
I hope that Jeff knows how important he has been to so many people. Visionaries like him seem to come around maybe once in a lifetime.
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Jan 14, 2013 - 04:24pm PT
Good stuff, TFPU
paganmonkeyboy

climber
mars...it's near nevada...
Jan 14, 2013 - 08:58pm PT
oh man those are sweeeeet pics. Jello's fashion sense was light years ahead of his time I tell ya...
Conner

Mountain climber
Eden, Utah
Jan 14, 2013 - 11:17pm PT
JD here on Jeff's computer. Just finished dinner with Jeff, Connie, Jay Smith, Michael Covington, my wife and a few friends from Ouray. A bunch of us, Jeff included, are going to Bridalveil Falls tomorrow with Pam Roberts to commemorate the one year anniversary of Jack Robert's fatal accident.
One of the things I love about this community is the love and respect people have for their peers. As you grow older these attributes become more and more important.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 14, 2013 - 11:43pm PT
Thanks, Jim, and congratulations to those honoured!
bhilden

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
Jan 15, 2013 - 12:13am PT
The photo of Jeff rock climbing in the red and white-striped tights looks like Bishop's Crack.
o-man

Social climber
Paia,Maui,HI
Jan 15, 2013 - 12:13am PT
Thank you Jim, you've put together a worthy piece here!
What a great tribute to a brilliant warrior!
I have soo much RESPECT for both you and Jeff!
Cheers, Olaf
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Jan 15, 2013 - 12:37am PT
Jim, your loyalty to your friends is impressive and you hang with one hell of a crew.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Jan 15, 2013 - 12:38am PT
Sounded like quite the party when I talked to Connie.

As you grow older these attributes become more and more important.

Ah, well, simultaneously one forgets to co-ordinate.
I would have, per his wishes, brought you a pinch of Charlie's ashes to add to the ceremony.

Best to all, was good seeing Mike, Jack, Jim, Angela, Malcolm, Mark, et al, (but I'm pissed that I missed Jack's roadside sobriety test, likely a thespian coup.)
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Jan 15, 2013 - 08:25am PT
Yup, an inspiration to me as well.

Cheers Jello!
chappy

Social climber
ventura
Jan 15, 2013 - 05:59pm PT
Great work Jim. Jeff deserves the accolades. Jeff and I crossed paths a number of times BITD--below the Widow's Tear when he was looking to add that to his collection pioneering FAs, in the Icefields campground after he and Mike did the FA of the Grand Central Couloir, and again in Alaska at the glacier airdrop for Denali. He loaned Vern and I shovel that was very useful. Can't believe we never roped up together...I'll miss that experience.
All the best Jeff!
Chappy
maldaly

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Jan 15, 2013 - 07:30pm PT
I shot all those pics of Jello climbing and skiing. The candy-stripe tights pictures are somewhere in Eldo, the green tights pic is from Zion and the ski pics are up on Torres Peak. The second post of donini's, the one he called out the quintessential Jello shot, is even more quintessential because he was using a pair of prototype plastic crampons. Those things were bending and flexing all over the place and I kept yelling at him to get off the rock and back on to the approach snow. He said, "Mal, my goal is to break these. I'll never break them if I stay on the snow."

Right.

Climb safe,
Mal
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 15, 2013 - 10:58pm PT
Yes, those photos were from Malcolm.....thanks mucho! Mal and Jeff go way back, we are coming out with a video tribute for Jeff and Mal's vignettes are funny and poignant.
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Jan 15, 2013 - 11:00pm PT
Hats off!
Jello

Social climber
No Ut
Jan 18, 2013 - 12:13am PT
Thanks Jim and Mal and of course, Connie for setting uup the whole scene. You guys and the ST writers are what keeps me happy. o many kind and generous climbers. I'm proud to be a part of this tribe. I love you all...and I can't miss the chance to say I love all of you. thanks for making my life so wonderfull!

-JelloSpreadAllOverYou
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Jan 18, 2013 - 01:30am PT
Inspirational
Mark Rodell

Trad climber
Bangkok
Jan 18, 2013 - 08:28pm PT
Jeff is a stone solid man, a guy I look up to because of how he supports others. And thanks to who put up the pics of Jeff skiing.
Crag Q

Trad climber
Louisville, Colorado
Jan 18, 2013 - 08:35pm PT
Wow. Great pictures Jim!
roadman

climber
Jan 19, 2013 - 07:26pm PT
Jeff was a huge influence on me and many of my early adventures climbing! He continues to inspire me! Hung with him a few times when i worked at the ice park and always felt like he was super down to earth.

Thanks for the pics!
moacman

Trad climber
Montuckyian Via Canada Eh!
Jan 19, 2013 - 09:17pm PT
Too cool........Thanx for sharing Jim....

Stevo
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 19, 2013 - 10:14pm PT
Alpine climbing in all its complexity, difficulty, and danger dictates, to the wise, that the single most important ingredient in a successful trip is the partner/partners that accompany you.
A better partner than Jeff Lowe is hard to imagine and i have been blessed with great ones.
to note:

Jeff, George Lowe, Michael Kennedy, John Bragg, Jay Wilson, Yvon Chouinard, Jack Tackle, Greg Crouch, Mal Daly, Thom Englebach.

Hundreds of climbing partners, but only a few for the alpine.....does that tell you something?

The best compliment you can give to a climber is that he was a great partner.
Jeff was that to me and to many others.
radair

Social climber
North Conway, NH
Feb 11, 2013 - 02:14pm PT
A great man getting his due recognition. Thanks for posting those wonderful photos & stories.

This is why ST is such a fantastic forum.
TomCochrane

Trad climber
Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay
Feb 11, 2013 - 02:32pm PT
Wonderful and inspiring!

Director Jeff On Location
Director Jeff On Location
Credit: TomCochrane

filming discussion on-the-fly
filming discussion on-the-fly
Credit: TomCochrane

TomC (filming), Jeff (directing), Connie (inspiring), Chelsea (flying)
TomC (filming), Jeff (directing), Connie (inspiring), Chelsea (flying)
Credit: TomCochrane

Connie, Jeff, Chelsea  <br/>
 <br/>
&#40;Where's that darn fuel truck?&#41;
Connie, Jeff, Chelsea

(Where's that darn fuel truck?)
Credit: TomCochrane

Fellowship of the rope  <br/>
 <br/>
&#40;never mind that fellowship of the ri...
Fellowship of the rope

(never mind that fellowship of the ring mythology...)
Credit: TomCochrane

Chelsea with Jeff <br/>
 <br/>
...honoring those before us who protected our f...
Chelsea with Jeff

...honoring those before us who protected our freedoms
Credit: TomCochrane

Mt Borah, Idaho
Mt Borah, Idaho
Credit: TomCochrane

If you zoom in on each of the end points you will find dozens of loops...
If you zoom in on each of the end points you will find dozens of loops around the mountains as we film favorite climbing areas: Wasatch Range, Tetons, Wind Rivers, Sawtooths, City of Rocks, Wheeler, Cedar Breaks, Zion
Credit: TomCochrane
Bldrjac

Ice climber
Boulder
Feb 11, 2013 - 05:34pm PT
Jim, fabulous post to a hugely deserving man! Great pictures of an even better celebration. Kudos!!! :-)
drlin

Trad climber
planet earth
Feb 11, 2013 - 06:27pm PT
Not many people earn this kind of tribute. Jeff, you are a big ripple in a giant pond, touched so many lives in a positive, inspiring way. Other than living a lifetime of adventure, isn't that what it's all about? All the best to an old friend.
V. Savage
Yeti

Trad climber
Ketchum, Idaho
Feb 11, 2013 - 06:33pm PT
And, of course, thank you a thousand times, Connie, for all of us who care about Jeff.
Polar Bear

Mountain climber
Moraga, California
Feb 12, 2013 - 12:07am PT
I went to Tahoe College with Jeff Lowe in 1969. Now I see him in a wheel chair. What happened? Steve Thaw, Moraga,California
Jim Clipper

climber
from: forests to tree farms
Feb 12, 2013 - 01:01am PT
glitch in the shell. spirit still looks all up go.

Credit: Jim Clipper

Credit: Jim Clipper

Credit: Jim Clipper

Credit: Jim Clipper

Credit: Jim Clipper

don't know him, but just a bump for the mellow jello fellow. thanks for the stories on the taco. the pictures are definitely something to look up to.
Turok

Trad climber
Feb 12, 2013 - 07:16pm PT
Jeff glassing Bridal Veil for a Wide World of Sports TV show. Jeff Low...
Jeff glassing Bridal Veil for a Wide World of Sports TV show. Jeff Lowe, Greg Lowe, Mike Weis, Henry Barber, Bob Carmichael. David Brashears and I did sound and rigging. Kevin Donald Collection
Credit: Turok
Turok

Trad climber
Feb 12, 2013 - 07:19pm PT
Jeff, Mike Weis and David Brashears at the staging area below the swit...
Jeff, Mike Weis and David Brashears at the staging area below the switch backs to Bridal Veil. Kevin Donald Collection
Credit: Turok
Turok

Trad climber
Feb 12, 2013 - 07:21pm PT
Jeff on the 2nd. ascent of the direct finish to the N.W. Corner on the...
Jeff on the 2nd. ascent of the direct finish to the N.W. Corner on the Bastille. Kevin Donald Collection
Credit: Turok
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Feb 12, 2013 - 07:51pm PT
All honor to Jeff, a hero to all of us, and an ongoing inspiration.
melski

Trad climber
bytheriver
Feb 13, 2013 - 08:51pm PT
great share jim,,any word on the kickstart project????I havent heard any thing for awhile,,just wondering,,,
Anastasia

climber
Home
Feb 13, 2013 - 08:59pm PT
Jeff is a great guy in and out of the climbing world. I can't imagine not giving him a Standing Ovation.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 13, 2013 - 10:54pm PT
I have known Jeff for over forty years. His climbing resume is the crem de la crem of American alpinisim. What stands out most is his vision and creativity....he was always one step ahead.
I have been amazed and humbled by the way he has dealt with his life threatening medical issues. Could i do the same? My ego tells me yes, my reason says probably no.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 25, 2013 - 02:12pm PT
Well deserved acclaim Bump!
Nohea

Trad climber
Living Outside the Statist Quo
Dec 25, 2013 - 07:16pm PT
Sounds like it was an awesome event. Jeff is very worthy to be honored, thanks everyone for sharing the stories and fotos.

Aloha,
Will
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